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Become a Read with U volunteer and share the love of reading with a first- or second-grade student

Read with UUCPS is recruiting volunteers to read with students in person for 30 minutes each week. Your time, commitment and support will help students develop a love for reading and become more confident. Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan has been a Read with U volunteer since the launch of the program in 2017.

“I am encouraging UCPS staff to be reading buddies and calling on all community members to get involved again this year,” said Dr. Houlihan. “The initiative helps place an additional emphasis on the district-wide focus on improving literacy proficiency rates amongst our youngest learners while building a strong community connection within our schools.”

To get started:

  1. Complete a volunteer application at
  2. If you were an approved volunteer during the 2021-2022 school year, please renew your status at
  3. Once your application is approved, the school’s volunteer coordinator will contact you with information about training, schedules, etc.
  4. Read with your student for at least 30 minutes once a week during the school year.

Participating schools:

  • Benton Heights Elementary
  • East Elementary
  • Marshville Elementary
  • Porter Ridge Elementary
  • Rock Rest Elementary
  • Rocky River Elementary
  • Sardis Elementary
  • Shiloh Valley Primary
  • Union Elementary
  • Walter Bickett Elementary
  • Western Union Elementary
  • Wingate Elementary