Early Grade Reading Initiative, Read Indeed!

A child learns to read until the fourth grade. After that, they read to learn.

With the help volunteer tutors and AmeriCorps members, United Way of the Lowcountry’s Early Grade Reading Initiative works with Pre-K through third graders to help ensure children are prepared for success in school. Read Indeed! offers one-on-one, in-person and virtual tutoring at 10 locations in Beaufort and Jasper counties, including:

  • Hardeeville Elementary
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
  • James Davis Early Childhood Center
  • Joseph Shanklin Elementary
  • Lady’s Island Elementary
  • Red Cedar Elementary
  • Ridgeland Elementary
  • Robert Smalls International Academy
  • St. Helena Elementary
  • St. Helena Early Childhood Center
VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER TUTORS: Help make an impact on education in the Lowcountry

Trained Read Indeed! volunteer reading tutors are matched with children in grades Pre-K through third grade who are identified by school literacy specialists as needing additional help with reading. These are the students who would otherwise fall through the cracks if they did not receive other intervention.

The tutor and child meet to read together for 30 minutes per student each week during the school year, and most of our tutors work with at least three students per visit. This is a significant commitment BUT your time and effort will make a lifetime of difference.

Our new Vello online tutoring program is making it easier for volunteers to engage with students through a safe and secure digital setting. Together, students and volunteer tutors read e-books using screen sharing and audio. The program allows volunteers to conduct their tutor sessions from anywhere with a computer and internet access, making it easy to do without leaving their home or workspace.

Click here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.


Through our continued partnership, AmeriCorps members are helping us get results by serving as Reading Tutors with Read Indeed. Opportunities are available to serve as an AmeriCorps member to receive a living allowance and education award. Click here to learn more about serving as an AmeriCorps member.