Read To Succeed

Murfreesboro, TN   |  www.readtosucceed.org

Mission

Read To Succeed improves lives in Rutherford County by offering free literacy programs and events for adults and children.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Ms. Jolene Radnoti

Main address

P. O. Box 12161

Murfreesboro, TN 37129 USA

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EIN

20-0175948

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Employment Training (J22)

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Council Collaborations

Read To Succeed (RTS) is an outreach organization created to promote literacy in Rutherford County. The Read To Succeed Council is a result of community partnerships established through this pursuit. Comprised of service providers, educators, community helpers and local businesses, the group regularly shares information about community needs and opportunities to serve. Quarterly meetings allow for networking, collaborations, brainstorming, mutual support, and identification of service gaps. Through these collaborations our events and programs are born, nurtured, and implemented for the good of Rutherford County.

Population(s) Served

The Adult Literacy Program addresses basic literacy needs of adults who live or work in Rutherford Co. It is estimated that 44% of adult county residents read at or below a 2nd or 3rd grade level. In an effort to improve this statistic, RTS offers the following free programming opportunities. One-on-One Adult Literacy TutoringTrained volunteers are paired one-on-one with adult learners who desire to improve literacy skills. Pairs meet 1-2 times/wk for 1-2 hrs. RTS provides all necessary training and materials. English as a Second LanguageTrained volunteer instructors lead ESL classes at various locations throughout the county. Training, materials, and online resources are available at no cost. Classes range from beginner to advanced. English Conversation HourEnglish language learners speak with other English language learners in an informal setting. Individuals from a variety of cultures and language backgrounds improve conversational skills through informal dialogue.

Population(s) Served

Read To Succeed's Family Literacy programs serve children and adults by bringing them together to celebrate literacy and the joy of reading. The variety of programs are designed to address specific literacy needs of the participants. Imagination StationsParents and children at Title 1 preschools enjoy a story book and related craft together. Each child is given a copy of the book to take home along with a healthy snack. Family Literacy NightsHeld at local elementary and middle schools, families enjoy a free meal followed by structured literacy activities related to a carefully chosen book. MTSU College of Education students develop event curriculum and provide guidance along with RTS staff and volunteers. AdLit (Adolescent Literacy)Students collectively select and read socially relevant, contemporary young adult fiction. Adult volunteers facilitate small discussion groups in candid conversations at area middle and high-schools.

Population(s) Served

Annual public events celebrate the written word and involve our community in literacy activities. Reading in the Schools Day involves preschool - 6th grade classrooms for area public and private schools. More than 1,200 classrooms and 26,000 children are read to by 1,000+ volunteers on a designated day in September.  UNPLUG & Read! is a community initiative to unplug from televisions, phones, computers, and video games during the month of  February and enjoy the pleasures and educational benefits of reading.  One Book is an annual collaboration with Linebaugh Library and MTSU to offer a book for adults in Rutherford County to collectively enjoy during the winter months.  Free copies of the book are offered around the community for people to read and pass on to a friend. Read To Bee 6th grade spelling bee is held each spring.  All city, county and private schools are encouraged to hold classroom spelling bees and send the school champion to participate in this community-wide event.

Population(s) Served

Read To Succeed provides regular outreach to at-risk populations through community events, speaking engagements, community advisory meetings, and parent & child fairs. In addition to books being distributed at our Family Literacy programs, donated books are distributed to places such as Domestic Violence Shelter, Salvation Army, at risk preschools, Boys & Girls Club, food banks, health departments, and the Mobile Health Unit.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy of America 2005

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2008

Financials

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Read To Succeed

Board of directors
as of 08/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brian Coleman

Edward Jones

Term: 2015 - 2020

Brian Coleman

Edward Jones

Chantho Sourinho

Rutherford County Commissioner

Don Clayton

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Michelle Willard

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