Turn the Page KC, Kansas City's award winning program, is making tremendous effort closing the gap! Kansas City children at the critical point of third grade are stronger readers now than when Turn the Page started in 2012. One of their methods of success in involving volunteers- business professionals, who work with individual children for 30 minutes, during their lunch breaks from their day jobs. Volunteers come from all walks of life: police officers, lawyers and management professionals.
The mission is far from finished, though, and challenges remain. Turn the Page KC has set itself a goal of seeing at least 70 percent of the city's third-graders reading at grade level in 2017's tests later this year. Currently, Kansas City has 55 percent, which is up dramatically from 35 percent in 2011. Progress is being made and they're on track to hit their goal.
The Kansas City Star has a great in-depth article detailing the great strides Turn the Page KC has taken and the challenges they face. If you don't have time for the article, check out the video below- it gives a great overview of the volunteer program.