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Shelby County Schools Volunteer Application!

     If you are planning to serve in one of our Shelby County Schools (SCS), you must undergo a background check before you can work with a student. This process is easier than ever for both new and returning volunteers! Just click on the link below and you will be directed to the SCS volunteer application page.  If you are a new volunteer you must attend an ARISE2Read training.  Training dates are listed on the home page of our website. After you submit your application, you will receive an email from SCS with next steps. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Our 2018 – 2019 Results Are Here!!! 

In the 2018-2019 school year, we supported 1,255 students in 34 schools.  Our volunteers supported students in 31 schools in both semesters, up from 21 schools last year.  Our post-test results revealed an average gain of 324 words which represents an average of just over three grade levels of growth.  Pre-tests results showed only 20% of our students were reading on sight word grade level.  Our post-test results demonstrated a 247% increase in the number of second graders reading on sight word grade level in the thirty-one schools tested.

     The students at the other three schools were started in the second semester.  These students had an average gain of 293 words, nearly three grade levels of growth.  Only 7% of these students were reading on sight word grade level at pre-test, however, post-test results revealed 52% of the students our volunteers supported were on sight word grade level, a 633% increase in the number of second graders reading on sight word grade level in these three schools.



2018 Pre-test


2019 Post-test

ARISE2Read takes an active role in the development of children in our public schools through the presence of volunteers focused on literacy. We tutor students one hour per week utilizing a simple sight word approach. We also provide books for the students to enhance literacy.


of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth-grade will likely end up in jail or on welfare.


In middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13:1; in low income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.


of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.


Research reveals that children living in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate!

Learn How to Get Involved

All it takes is one hour a week to help change a child’s life!