Utah launches project to combat illiteracy in the community

Utah Valley University and the United Way of Utah County laid out plans Monday to donate 50,000 hours of volunteer service to improve literacy.

Of elementary students, 3 in 10 are not able to read at grade level, and this program is designed for them, especially since these students typically come from low-income families. The program is already helping students become more successful.

Rosa Morales is a volunteer tutor who helps young students become better readers at the South Franklin Community Center in Provo.

“We read with them and do their homework and help entertain them if they finish all their homework,” Morales said.

Weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. you’ll find low-income elementary students, most of them behind in school, getting one-on-one help from tutors. Many of the tutors are students at Utah Valley University.

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