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- ReadGR identifies and develops partnerships with public schools in greater Grand Rapids with a large number of families experiencing poverty (At least 50% of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program).
- Businesses, churches, and organizations in each targeted school's neighborhood are sought out as community sponsors and to serve as the volunteer base in the school.
Books-for-Home Pop Up
- A special school day is set aside for ReadGR partners and volunteers to come in to distribute books.
- ReadGR sets up a display of books and volunteers are ready to read with students and help them select books.
- Each student chooses a book from a large and appropriate selection. The student can take this free book with them to build their at-home library.
- Students take home information about the importance of reading at home and great tips and strategies for parents to use to encourage reading.
- Data on student preferences, reading time, parent involvement, number of books at home is collected via a questionnaire.
- Information on school demographics and ELA scores is collected.
- Numbers are crunched, results are reviewed, and appropriate changes to the program and process are made.