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Literacy unlocks opportunity

“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens.”

President Bill Clinton

What We Do and What We Do Differently

Our mission is to unite community volunteers with the educational system to ensure that literacy is a realistic goal for all children. By providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring in conjunction with the teacher we help a child become a more successful reader. Professionals work closely with our volunteers and students to ensure that goals are set and reached. More about us.

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." May Ellen Chase

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Volunteer For Lunch Buddies

Lunch Buddies is the flagship program of ReadStrong2000 and the foundation of all other programs. Based at the Rutherford Elementary School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Lunch Buddies is a highly-structured and effective reading education program designed to improve student reading skills.

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

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Why We Do What We Do

 In the U.S., 63 million adults, 29 percent of the country’s adult population over age 16, don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level. An additional 30 million, 14 percent of the country’s adult population, can only read at a fifth grade level or lower.

“There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing….when we save our children, we save ourselves.” Margaret Mead

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