Only 15% of DC’s fourth graders from low-income families read proficiently in 2015, placing DC among the worst-performing cities in the country. But Reading Partners is dedicated to reversing the trend, providing its transformational literacy program at 19 Title I elementary schools across the District, reaching 925 young readers yearly. At each school, it creates a welcoming reading center stocked with books, and trains 40-100 community volunteers to provide one-on-one instruction following a research-based curriculum and with on-site support from a trained AmeriCorps member. Each young student has an Individualized Reading Plan, and regular assessments monitor and measure their progress – revealing impressive results. Last year, 94% of K-2 students mastered the foundational skills needed to read at grade level; and on average, third and fourth graders doubled their rate of learning. Your support opens books, and worlds, for so many.