By Liz Rothaus Bertrand From the beginning, Read Charlotte has been a collaborative effort. To successfully and dramatically improve literacy among Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s youngest residents, a wide variety of community organizations working together is vital. One key funder helping to lead the way has been Wells Fargo. “I feel pretty fortunate that we have been involved […]

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HELPS 1:1 Tutoring Works!

A look at Year One in Charlotte and its game-changing potential in Read Charlotte’s community-wide initiative to double literacy rates By Liz Rothaus Bertrand When Munro Richardson first heard about the HELPS Program from a colleague in the United Way of the Greater Triangle, he was skeptical. Richardson, Executive Director of Read Charlotte, and his […]

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Collaborative initiative reveals staggering proof that closing reading achievement gap in Charlotte is possible

50 HELPS tutoring sessions on average closed 75% of the gap for third graders who started school one year behind CHARLOTTE, N.C.— July 10, 2019— Read Charlotte and the Helps Education Fund released results today of a new tutoring initiative that launched in 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) elementary schools in 2018-2019, which revealed staggering proof […]

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Celebrating Progress and Hope in Read Charlotte Transformation Network’s Pilot Year

Part IV: CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS Written by Liz Bertrand Each Read Charlotte Transformation Network site is a collaborative effort between many different community organizations, coming together to support literacy efforts focused on readers through grade 3. This includes non-profit and faith based groups but also many local businesses, who want to support the people […]

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