Tulsa (OK) Chapter

TULSA (OK) LINKS AT WORK THROUGH

Reading Partners

“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read.”
Mary McCleod Bethune

Serving the youth in the local area is the common thread throughout most of the Links, Incorporated, Tulsa (OK) Chapter’s programs. As the chapter continues to work in the community, we look for ways to support our school age children through serving as role models and mentors.
One way to promote early literacy and close the achievement gap is through reading. Reading is vital to a child’s academic success. It is one of the most important keys to becoming all that you can be.
Reading develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects.
Most importantly, reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person. You can learn from the brightest people whenever and wherever you choose.

The chapter has partnered with the non-profit organization, Reading Partners of Tulsa, and the schools’ Reading Buddies, to help provide success for our Elementary school students.
Reading Partners became part of the Tulsa educational landscape in 2013 when they first began to place community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids’ master basic reading skills. Their one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.
According to Reading Partners, only one in four Oklahoma fourth graders are reading at a proficient level and 36% lack even basic literacy skills.
Their one-on-one tutoring model has proven to raise the students’ reading proficiency.
Our chapter members say it best when volunteering for Reading Partners.

“Great things can only happen when you read.”

“I volunteer for reading partners to make a mark in a child’s life that cannot be erased.  If a child can read effectively, they can control their destiny.”

“Everyone has a right to know how to read.”

 

“Reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child.  Teaching them to love to read is so much more than teaching them to read.”