WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Government officials, school superintendents and community organizations said thank you to those behind 'Read to Succeed.'
Read to Succeed is a community initiative led by the United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and local school corporations.
It's designed to motivate community members to engage in students' academic success.
Each week, 250 volunteers came into area schools to read to children.
Volunteers, teachers and community leaders said it was a big success in just its first year.
"To have volunteers in the classroom and help what they're doing, and provide at least an additional caring adult in those children's lives is absolutely critical and it's wonderful to see our community step up in this way," CEO of United Way of Greater Lafayette, James Taylor said.
"It's good for the students. It's terrific for the teachers and it changes the volunteers in a way they can never imagine and it will change our community," Volunteer Team Leader for Read to Succeed, Gary Henriott said.
James Taylor, CEO of the United Way of Greater Lafayette announced the program will expand to five more schools and will begin recruiting 250 more individuals to volunteer in local classrooms.
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