Freedom Readers looking for volunteers to help students excel in reading

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A group in Conway is working to bring a helping hand for area students who struggle with reading.

Three out of four people on welfare are illiterate, according to the Washington Literacy Council, who also say stats show 85 percent of unwed mothers and 68 percent of people arrested are illiterate.

The numbers of people who can't read are high for a country where it seems all children should be given the same educational opportunities. Sometimes it takes extra work for one child to read as well as another, and that's where Freedom Readers steps in.

The after-school, volunteer group is dedicated to working with students who may need extra help reaching their full potential. Volunteers meet with students for 90 minutes a week to talk and share stories. Each student gets a snack at their session and they're able to pick out one book to take home and build their personal libraries.

Freedom Readers is helping students in the Huckabee Heights and Darden Terrace communities of Conway. The group was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Michael Baisden Foundation to continue their work with young scholars.

Freedom Readers is looking to recruit volunteers who would like to spend 90 minutes a week to read with students. The group is also in need of brand new books. You can visit the "Freedom Readers" website for more information.

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