ARISE2Read is known as TEAMRead in our public schools. ARISE2Read was started in Memphis TN in 2012 and was brought to Jackson in 2014.
We serve in six of Jackson-Madison County elementary schools.
Each of these schools has been adopted by an Adopter Church; however, multiple churches and community volunteers work together within each school to support TEAMRead and to assist with other school programs and needs.
ARISE2Read Jackson, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, is a chapter of ARISE2Read Memphis and adheres to their rules, procedures and mission. The local Board of Directors serves to guide the mission and growth that are specific to Jackson.
The director of ARISE2Read Jackson serves as a liaison to the board and assists the board in developing and disseminating plans and policies.
ARISE2Read Jackson is grateful for the guidance and management of the board members and for the wisdom and expertise they bring to the program.
Students in low-income communities are, on average, three grade levels behind their peers in affluent communities.
PO Box 3531 Jackson TN 38303
"After spending 17 years homeschooling our two children, my husband and I recently found ourselves empty-nesters. I began to think and pray about how to use my time. I knew I wanted to be involved in something that invested in peoples' lives. After hearing about Team Read and going to the introductory meeting, I decided I would commit to volunteering.
After the first meeting with my two assigned children, I discovered that one of them wanted to be a dentist and the other a basketball player when they grow up. Mid-year one of my children moved away, and I was assigned a new reader. He wants to be a chef when he grows up. This in itself was rather unusual, but then I discovered that he already knew all the 1000+ sight words we were supposed to be working on!
I wondered what "in the world" we would do with our time. Then it occurred to me. I had a children's cookbook at home that I would bring with me, and we would read recipes. The cookbook is unique in that it teaches about different countries and cultures around the world. Every week I brought the cookbook and a children's atlas, and we read about how to make dishes from Egypt to Japan. We even practiced with chopsticks when we read about China.
After our first day of reading from the cookbook, my young reader said, "Can I take this book home with me?" I told him I needed to keep it, but that each week I would bring him a photocopy of the recipes we would read for that day. After doing this for several weeks, another little boy came to me and said, "Can I have one of those 'grocery lists' like you send home with him?"
At the close of our year our final meeting day was bittersweet. The volunteers were proud of the progress our readers had made and were glad to cheer them on, but we were also sad to say goodbye. We had become friends. We were allowed to bring a book to give to each of our readers as a small gift to encourage them to keep on reading. I can't tell you the joy I experienced when my reader opened his package and found his own copy of the cookbook we had been reading together. Team Read is truly one of the best things I have ever been involved in. I can't recommend it enough."
-Ms. Pat Guthrie, Former Arise2Read Coach at Lane Elementary