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Dickens Reads tutoring program to return this fall

Spearheaded by WKYC Studios, the volunteer-driven effort helps 2nd- and 3rd-graders at Cleveland's Charles Dickens School develop reading proficiency.

CLEVELAND — As part of our Education Station initiative, WKYC Studios will be bringing back its volunteer tutoring program at Charles Dickens School in Cleveland. 

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The program will offer afterschool tutoring in reading to help boost literacy scores for second- and third-graders at Dickens School, located in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Launched in February 2020, the program was gaining traction and attracting a steady stream of volunteers until COVID unexpectedly shut it down.  

The program will resume in October 2021, and volunteers are needed to tutor children from 4 to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

"Students in the 3rd grade are very nervous about taking the state assessment. Teachers were also more focused on books in the curriculum, as opposed to books the children would be interested in, with people and characters who look like them. Books are an opportunity for you to be able to escape, to be able to dream big," said Dickens Principal Jocelyn Foster.

To learn more, please email WKYC Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives Margaret Bernstein at mbernstein@wkyc.com

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Editor's Note: The below video features a previous story at Charles Dickens Elementary School