What is VIP?
Volunteers in Proficiency (VIP) is a literacy program that pairs volunteers and elementary school students to read together for 40 minutes once a week during the school day. School-based reading experts provide volunteer training and appropriate books for students. VIP’s goal is to increase children’s success in school and foster a love of reading.
With Cedar Rapids School District, College Community School District, and Reading into Success, UWECI launched VIP to help students at the following schools achieve reading proficiency:
- Cedar Rapids Community School District: Arthur Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Grant Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Kenwood Leadership Academy, Taylor Elementary, and Wright Elementary
- College Community School District: Prairie Crest Elementary, Prairie Heights Elementary, and Prairie Hill Elementary
Why is VIP important?
Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a predictor of high school graduation and life success. In the Cedar Rapids/Marion Metro area, more than one in four students do not read proficiently at the end of third grade—and more than one in three for low-income students.
VIP students are struggling readers who benefit greatly when they practice reading and literacy skills one on one with a caring adult. And volunteers benefit from knowing they are a positive impact in a child’s life and make meaningful connections in the community.
FY18 VIP Results