AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a reading tutoring program for struggling kindergarten – third grade readers in select schools in Polk County. Our sites for the 2018-2019 school year are Kingsford Elementary, Socrum Elementary, Kathleen Elementary, Philip O’Brien Elementary, Garner Elementary, Dixieland Elementary, Medulla Elementary, Spook Hill Elementary, Alta Vista Elementary and Lake Alfred Elementary.

Our members provided three, 30-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week to over 400 students who are behind in reading. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency and reading comprehension strategies) and work to move students up in their reading levels.

AmeriCorps Polk Reads is made possible through a partnership between the Polk Education Foundation, Polk County Public Schools, and Volunteer Florida, Inc., as well as local support from George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, GiveWell Community Foundation, and proceeds from the PEF’s Stepping Out for Eduation event.

Polk Reads Member Spotlights

AmeriCorps Polk Reads members helped with a project for the homeless that took place at Chain of Lakes Elementary on Saturday, Nov. 18. They assisted with the organization of other volunteers as well as helping to fill over 1,000 bags of personal care items.

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Contact Information

Steve Chapman
AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director

Office fax number: 863-519-8757