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Work alongside your neighbors to change the life of a child in your community. The Reading All-Stars program, brought to you by the Grassroots Education Project, provides struggling readers with needed one-on-one reading support. We focus on getting students to enjoy reading, because we know they will do more of it and get better at it as a result. Reading All-Stars students are twice as likely as their peers to become grade proficient in reading. The support you provide is critical to their success.

Reading All-Stars runs every Saturday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm at HD Cooke Elementary. The 2020-2021 school year program will start virtually (via Zoom).

Before volunteering with us as a tutor, you will need to attend one of our volunteer orientations, which are scheduled throughout the year and last approximately an hour.


As orientations are scheduled, those dates will be communicated to those that have
expressed interest.  All orientations will take place at the school. The 2020-2021 school year orientations will
take place virtually (via Zoom).


HD Cooke Elementary
2525 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009


Volunteers should be prepared to attend regularly, ideally 75%+ of sessions for the school year.  If you are concerned about being able to attend every Saturday, please keep the following in mind:

1. Reading All-Stars is not held during holiday weekends. If students have Friday or Monday off, there is no tutoring that Saturday.
2. We expect volunteers to have obligations that take them out of town every now and then. We know people have weddings to attend, vacations to take, and family to visit. Don't let that keep you from volunteering.
3. If you have a friend or a significant other that wants to tutor, you can partner to work with the same student, trading places as needed.

"Let us all make turning around our schools our collective responsibility as Americans." -- President Barack Obama, March 10, 2009

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