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.

ARISE2Read Training!

Want to make a difference in the lives of two 2nd grade children?  Join us at Bellevue Baptist Church on either Tuesday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, November 4th at 10 a.m. to learn more about helping children throughout Shelby County become GREAT readers. You can BE THE CHANGE!!


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

Many Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers!






Trained 2018–19



Coached 2018–19






Our Challenge


of Memphis children live in poverty and are, on average, THREE grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading.


of students not reading on grade level by 4th grade will likely be in jail or on welfare.


of students in low-income families have NO books in the home.

Our Solution

We train volunteers in a simple sight word approach and pair them with 2nd grade students in our adopted schools.
Our volunteers commit to serve for 1 hour a week, coaching two students, one each for 30 minutes.

We provide every 2nd grader in ARISE2Read schools 8 – 10 brand new books each year. This year we provided books for 3100 students.

Why? Research shows that children living in poverty who are reading on grade level by 3rd grade have an 89% graduation rate!

Our Results

In 2018-2019, our students gained an average of 321 words or 3 grade levels of growth. Only 19% of students were on grade level at pre-test, 67% were on grade level at post-test for a

247% increase

in reading on sight word grade level.

Over a five-year period, Treadwell Elementary students have realized an average gain of 4 grade levels in sight word fluency.

Save a Child. Save a Family. Save a City.


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.

Learn How to Get Involved

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