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City of Phoenix and Residents Work Together to Improve LiteracyCity of Phoenix and Residents Work Together to Improve Literacy<div class="ExternalClass666F0180AB8D450284049D3122EB37F6"><p>Low literacy continues to be a challenge in Phoenix as only 30 percent of Arizona fourth grade students were reading proficiently in 2015, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).</p><p>The city is working together with the community to address this issue.   </p><p>Experience Corps Phoenix in partnership with AARP and Experience Matters trains and supports volunteer tutors aged 50 and older to help children become proficient readers by the time they finish third grade.  The program taps into the experience and passion of older Arizonians to ensure that every child has a chance to succeed in school and in life.</p><p>Ninety-seven percent of the students who receive one-to-one coaching with Experience Corps Phoenix have shown gains in critical literacy skills.</p><p>During the 2016-17 academic year, 150 volunteers registered to serve more than 600 students in 16 local public schools, but more are needed.</p><p>To volunteer with the city of Phoenix AARP Experience Corps program, residents are encouraged to attend one of the city's information sessions taking place on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (dates below), at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.    </p><ul><li>May 3 and 17</li><li>June 7 and 21</li><li>July 5 and 19</li><li>August 2 </li><li>September 6</li></ul><p>For more information about the AARP Experience Corps program, visit <a href="/education">phoenix.gov/education </a>or email ecphx@phoenix.gov.</p></div>4/25/2017 5:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel602-534-3443