H.U.G. Reading Program Helps Us Grow


Did you know that 60% of 3rd graders nationally are NOT proficient readers?


H.U.G. engages 2nd and 3rd grade students for an hour once a week with 1:1 tutoring in a large group setting.  Our mission is to provide both character development activities and reading support to help struggling readers become more productive students in the classroom. This is a pivotal time in their young lives to set their trajectory on a positive path. 

H.U.G. engages volunteers to share their experience and wisdom with students either by becoming a reading tutor or by becoming one of our BE THE DIFFERENCE speakers.  These experiences afford volunteers the opportunity to see first-hand how they are making a positive impact on the lives of children in our community.  

  Tracy Barber, Principal,   Dunn Elementary School

Tracy Barber, Principal, Dunn Elementary School

"Do you enjoy reading?  Do you want to leave an imprint on a child’s academic growth?  If so, the H.U.G. program is the perfect place for YOU!  The program is designed to Help Us Grow as primary readers in elementary school.  Research shows that building relationships with students is an effective strategy to increase reading aptitude and achievement.  Additionally, the personal connection you will have with a student is a priceless gift to both the tutor and the learner.

If you are thinking, “I am not sure if I can teach a child to read.”  No worries, the H.U.G. program will equip you with the research-based training you need to ensure the growth and success of each student.  As the principal of Dunn Elementary, I can testify that this program is authentic.  Giving a small amount of your time makes a tremendous difference in developing lifelong readers! "