Reading Aces is a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and NJTL, that works to improve literacy skills in low-income elementary students. Founded by a high school student in 2009, the program emphasizes the importance and rewards of community service in teens, while demonstrating the power of one-on-one oral reading.
For 45 minutes, once a week, high school and college volunteers attend designated Houston and Austin community centers and elementary schools. Reading Aces provides each site with boxes of donated children's books. Reading Aces mentors are paired with 1-3 elementary students, and the small groups read books aloud.
The beauty of Reading Aces is in its simplicity. Merely reading aloud has proven benefits. It helps children acquire early language skills, develop positive associations with books and reading, and builds a stronger foundation for academic success.*
*Reach Out and Read: "Importance of Reading Aloud" http://www.reachoutandread.org/why-we-work/importance-of-reading-aloud/