Milwaukee Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Have you heard about the Milwaukee Jewish Coalition for Literacy? Our coalition, operating under the auspices the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, believes that the ability to read is a fundamental human right.

Our Mission

Our mission is to effect a dramatic increase in the number of Jews involved in local efforts to guarantee that every child can read at grade level. We are collaborating with "Letís Read Milwaukee!", a program initiated and coordinated by the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Working together, we can vastly improve the reading competency of Milwaukeeís children.

The Coalition is mobilizing members of the Jewish community to become involved serving as reading tutors who will spend 1-2 hours per week during the school year, working one-on-one with elementary school children from MPS. We are targeting children from kindergarten to grade 3. Studies reveal that children who can read at grade level at the end of third grade have a much greater chance for success in life than those who donít. It is said that up until third grade we learn to read. After third grade, we read to learn. It is clear that these early reading years are critical in the life of a child.

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