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NACS gives books to Project READS

Project READS, a nonprofit organization that uses volunteers to help students improve their reading level, has received a donation of 2,600 books from Northwest Allen County Schools.

Project READS gives its books numerical ratings, with 1 being at kindergarten level, 2 at first grade level and so on. Volunteers work with students during after-school sessions at 18 different sites in the county, and students participating in the program get to keep the books they read.

“We don’t want to give students books that are beyond their reading level,” said Lisa Fabian, marketing and communications director for Project READS. “They move up as they master a particular level. Once students progress and learn to read beyond their grade level, they receive a trophy.”

Last year, 148 volunteers served 140 students. Of the students who went through two assessments, 97 percent had improved, and 82 percent had improved four or more reading levels. Also, 52 percent of the students finished the program reading at or above their grade level.

Project READS, a part of the Allen County Education Partnership, serves all four school districts in Allen County and Queen of Angels Catholic School.