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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in a "a bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moving forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moving forward in Appalachia; and someone is putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

National Volunteer Week: WA Volunteers Help Students Read

Two-thirds of fourth-graders are not reading at grade level in the United States, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Reading Partners)
Two-thirds of fourth-graders are not reading at grade level in the United States, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Reading Partners)
April 15, 2016

SEATTLE - It's National Volunteer Week, a celebration of all those who give their time to support their communities, and Washingtonians get high marks for their service.

One-third of the state's residents volunteered, giving 155 million hours of their time in 2014, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. One way Washingtonians are making a difference is with the nonprofit Reading Partners.

"We would usually start by me reading a story that he had picked out out loud to him for about 10 minutes," said Liza Turner, a former volunteer tutor with the organization. "And then we'd get into our lesson, which involved vocabulary words, reading, spelling. And then he would read his story to me."

Reading Partners helps tutor children to read at grade level by fourth grade. The organization has more than 14,000 volunteers across the country.

Two-thirds of fourth-graders nationwide are not reading at grade level, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Of lower-income students, 80 percent are not proficient readers. Turner said Reading Partners is looking to reduce the gap in achievement early in students' lives.

"We're still working with them when it's easy for them to catch up with their classmates," she said. "As kids get older and fall further behind, it makes it a little more challenging to make up for lost time."

Reading Partners has helped students in under-resourced public schools since 1999.

Data on volunteerism in Washington is online at volunteeringinamerica.gov. The Annie E. Casey Foundation study is at aecf.org.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - WA