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Volunteer reading tutors help GRPS students improve reading proficiency, prepare for future success

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This week’s episode of NPO Showcase features Schools of Hope, a program of Heart of West Michigan United Way.

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

Kristian Grant, Schools of hope Coordinator

Kristian Grant, Schools of hope Coordinator /GRTV

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a student's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma.

This week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase features Schools of Hope, a program of Heart of West Michigan United Way that pairs Grand Rapids Public Schools students who are behind in reading with a volunteer reading tutor who works one-on-one with them each week. Kristian Grant, Schools of Hope Coordinator, discusses the program and how you can get involved to help a student in GRPS improve their reading and prepare for their future success.

Heart of West Michigan United Way raises funds, researches agencies and nonprofits, funds solutions, and mobilizes volunteers to address basic needs of families in West Michigan and to solve barriers to education, income and health. With over 50 local agency partners, their funding helps 1 in 4 people in Kent County.

We'll be taking a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but check back on November 30 for a new episode of NPO Showcase.

Watch the NPO Showcase segment above to learn more about Schools of Hope and how you can get involved as a volunteer reading tutor. You can also find more information and sign up for a training on the Heart of West Michigan United Way website.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Julie Way, at 616-459-4788 x115 or email [email protected].

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