Sunday, February 18, 2007

Putting the one in every 1
Last week, the James Graham Brown Foundation got out its fat wallet and ponied up a sweet $1 million to support the local literacy program "Every 1 Reads." Every 1 Reads trains volunteer tutors from the community to spend a half hour per week reading with Jefferson County Public Schools students. The program hopes to train 10,000 volunteers to tutor kids who read below their grade level, plus 2000 more volunteers to work with high school students, in the hopes that all of the district's 97,000 students will read at grade level and, one hopes, stop that annoying instant-messaging trend of spelling words with numerals. You know, like in "Every 1 Reads."

Do you know how to read? (Hint: if you're reading this, the answer is "yes.") If so, you can help by visiting Every 1 Reads and signing up to volunteer. Training sessions are going on all the time, all around Louisville. Not only is it a rewarding and enjoyable way to volunteer, but you might help some kid grow up and explain to JCPS and local officials how to spell "everyone."