“Children receiving one-on-one tutoring set up by community groups have shown greater progress than children without that support." - Howard Lee, N.C. School Board Chairman
Reading Soul Mates, is a preventive program developed in 1999 by Gaston Literacy Council, Inc. in partnership with the Gaston County School System.
The program produces extraordinary results: of 85 children served during the 2018-2019 school year, 83 showed improvement in their reading skills. 49 students achieved grade level reading, with 18 achieving above grade level skills.
RSM is designed to help children develop a positive attitude toward reading, achieve success in school, and build self-confidence. It also fosters children’s creative thinking and problem solving skills, nurtures a love of books, and aids in the development of comprehension skills. Reading activities help children relate the story to their own lives, ensuring success by linking prior knowledge to what they have read.