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Rochester Reading Champions

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About Rochester Reading Champions

Rochester Reading Champions is a forward looking community program that started in summer 2014. It brings trained volunteers with a passion for literacy, together with members of our community who are struggling to read, and lack means to access help.

Contact Us

Please call Gail Harris at 507.328.2373 for more information.

Keys to Success

By meeting students at locations that they already frequent, Rochester Reading Champions has been successful at eliminating key barriers to achievement including transportation and cost.

Our Volunteer Tutors


• Complete the 120 hour Orton-Gillingham (O-G) training, a phonics based approach, from The Reading Center
• Provide free, 1 to 1 instruction at least 2x/week, giving students between 80 -100 lessons (45-60 minutes per lesson) total.
• Receive ongoing training & support.

Our Current Program Numbers

  • 31 tutors
  • 84 students tutored
  • 5,190  lessons for students (cumulative) valued at $259,500
  • 19,370 volunteer hours (cumulative) valued at $473,337
  • 24 student graduates


Our Stories

RRC Tutor: “I began tutoring my student about a year ago. In that time, she has made remarkable progress both in her ability to read and her attitude toward reading.”

“She is currently in the third grade. When we began working together she struggled to sound out the letters in simple, three-letter words. Her chief experience with books was from listening to audio books. Today she can read most single-syllable words fluently and she is becoming proficient at reading two-syllable words. As a result of our work together in the Reading Champions program, she can now read short, simple chapter books. In addition, she has become more interested in reading. She selects the books that she wants to read, sounding out the titles and flipping through pages looking for words to pronounce. When she reads aloud, she does so with expression and confidence.”

“The Reading Champions program is giving my student tools that she’ll continue to use throughout her life. It is a joy to be part of a program that can make such a positive difference in someone’s life.”

“Both my student and her mother are very positive about the Reading Champions program. When I asked my student if tutoring is helping her she said, “Yes, now I can read from chapter books at school.” Her mother thinks the program is amazing. She said, “I don’t know what we would have done without it.””


Our Community Partners

• Rochester Public Library
• The Reading Center
• Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
• Olmsted County Adult Detention Center
• MN Teen and Adult Challenge
• Hawthorne Adult Education Center

Our Impact


About the training

For more information about the training required for this program, look at Reading Champions Training (PDF)

Volunteer Application

If you would like to find out more, printout the Reading Champions volunteer application (PDF) and return it to the library by mail or in person. View the job description.

Rochester Reading Champions Training Dates

Check out the training dates at the Reading Center training web page.