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      Reading Partners featured in the Phonebank

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A crucial part of learning to read and write is having proper support and a person to listen. {}Unfortunately, that support is often missing. {}Because of that, 9 out of 10 fourth graders from low-income families are not reading at their grade level.{}Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides that crucial support to kids that have fallen behind. {}The program works with eight Title I schools throughout Charleston and North Charleston.{}Students enrolled in the program work one-on-one with a tutor twice a week in 45-minute sessions. {}Reading Partners has been very affective in helping children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed, but as they grow, so does the need for volunteers.{}Reading Partners is currently looking for 200 people to work with 400 students this year. Volunteering is easy and only takes about 45 minutes each week. {}If you would like to help, call in to the ABC News 4 Volunteer Four Phonebank Wednesday evening. {}From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. officials with Reading Partners will be taking calls. {}The phonebank number is 881-5837. {}If you can't call during the phonebank, but still want to help you can always call two other numbers any time of the day. Those numbers are: Dial 2-1-1 or (843) 744-HELP or 1-800-922-2283.{}

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