Turn the Page KC – Building a City of Readers

Summer used to be a time of learning loss, but not anymore. Turn the Page KC works closely with community partners to ensure that K-3 students begin their next school year in the best position to succeed. On June 20, Turn the Page KC will shed light on summer learning by hosting a celebration called, “Building a City of Readers.” This event, which will be attended by over 1,000 elementary school students, parents, and community leaders, will take place at the Sprint Center. 

Serve KC Volunteers will help greet students at the event, support floor activities (crafts, reading, etc.), and stuff/distribute book bags to the kids.

Age:  Since the event will be serving elementary school students, youth volunteers should be 13yrs old or older and must be with a parent/guardian. 

Parking: Turn the Page KC will provide volunteers with parking vouchers for the KC Live garage across the street from the Sprint Center. **Please leave purses and valuables in your car as there is no place to leave them securely during the event.   

 Attire: Volunteers will receive a Turn the Page KC t-shirt. Wear jeans or something casual on bottom. Wear comfortable shoes! 

Beverages will be available at the concessions. 

Waitlist: If an event is full volunteers can join the waitlist. If a spot opens up, you are automatically added to the attending list in the order you joined the waitlist. Please remove yourself from the waitlist if you make other plans so the next available person can join in the event of a last minute cancellation.

The mission of Turn the Page KC is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri. Turn the Page KC was founded by Mayor Sly James in 2011 as an initiative to raise the reading proficiency of third graders, which at the time as only 33%. In 2016, test scores showed that 3rd grade reading proficiency in Kansas City is now at 53% and appear to be on the rise. Turn the Page KC focuses on three specific issues that contribute to 3rd grade reading success: school readiness, summer learning, and school attendance.

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