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The Corporate Volunteers Program was created in 1999 through a collaborative partnership with the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The current corporate sponsor of the program is Kaplan Early Learning Company.
The objective of the program is to improve the reading performance of specifically identified K-2nd grade students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, so that each tutored child will be at or above the expected proficiency level by the end of the school year. Conceived for students who entered school lacking the general readiness skills needed for early school success, the program emphasizes reading interaction between students and volunteers.
During the 2016-17 school year, 88 businesses and organizations provided volunteers to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students in the program. Students were selected based on their beginning of year reading screenings. At the end of the school year, 65% of students improved either one level in their reading skills, or reached proficient levels; (206 of 316 K-2 students). Kindergarten students remain the highest number of students served by the program; 73% improved one reading level or reached proficiency at the end of the year. (159 of 217 kindergarten students).
The Corporate Volunteers Program promotes positive mentoring relationships, community involvement and development, and celebrates diversity by crossing racial, social, and economic boundaries.
To sign up your organization or to participate as an individual, contact Jennifer Cobb at 336-728-9219.
A Special Thank You to Our Sponsor: