ABQ reading program aims to increase children’s literacy rates


ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico has often been rated low on literacy, but a program is teaching children to read at an early age.

ABQ Reads is operated by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. They partner with some of the public schools in Albuquerque that may have students in kindergarten through first grade who struggle with reading.

The program even allows every student in kindergarten through first grade to receive 20 books for their home library.

With the help of volunteers, they offer one-on-one tutoring to children, with the aim of sharpening their writing skills, in addition to their reading skills.

“We see real value in having volunteers in the community working with these kids because we know that as reading comprehension improves, school performance improves,” Leean said. Kravitz, board member of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

The program has over 300 volunteers, but they need more volunteers now, especially since school is starting very soon.

“We have everyone from retired military to active community workers to students,” said chamber of commerce member Ashley McKinstry, “so to anyone who is interested, we would like you read with us in the fall.”

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the ABQ Reads website.


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