ARISE 2 Read aims to uplift Huntsville education

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? 

ARISE2Read Walker County — a program that pairs adult volunteers with local second graders to make progress in their reading — is seeking volunteers for the 2019-20 school year at Huntsville ISD.

“Statistics have shown that children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of fourth grade have a very high probability of dropping out and not graduating high school,” executive director Holly McMichael said. “The Arise2Read program is committed to helping our students become better readers, so they don’t become part of that tragic statistic.”

Volunteers are paired with two children for the school term and meet with them once each week for 30 minutes. That means, volunteers only give one hour of their week to help two students be successful.

By working with second​ graders, the foundation is built for reading success,” McMichael added. “You cannot build a house without a firm foundation, and you cannot be a success in school without reading.”

A training session for new volunteers will be offered July 9 from 6–7:15 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church. Volunteers do not have to have a background in education to become a reading tutor, just a willing heart and the required training to help. If you are interested in being trained, please sign up at

Once trained, volunteers will be able to see the available Arise2Read schedule for the 2019-2020 school year and pick the campus and available time slot that best fits their schedule.

There will also be a special gathering of all volunteers on Monday, August 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the gathering will begin at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., all Arise2Read veterans and those who still need training will split up to receive either a review or the initial training, respectively.

“This is a special celebration of the power of a community coming together to make a real difference in the lives of our children and the success of our HISD,” McMichael added.

You may learn about this program that has made a difference in the lives of local children, sign up to be a part of this valuable program and register for the training by clicking here

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