Raise Your Hand

Program Overview

2018 Volunteer Training Video

2018 Workshop Recap

After-School Tutoring

The Raise Your Hand (RYH) Tutoring program is an education initiative that recruits volunteer tutors for students performing below the state standard. Tutors work in the classroom after school helping teachers with 1st through 4th grade students who are struggling with reading and math. Participation is completely free for students and includes free snacks and transportation home.

RYH partners with administrators and teachers at Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to implement tutoring sessions in 12 schools. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee. See our 2017–2018 tutoring results below.

Volunteering with Raise Your Hand
Volunteering with RYH offers an opportunity to add a broad range of skills to your resume, plus help a child reading below grade-level. Unlike most volunteer opportunities, tutoring is extremely flexible and really works around your availability. The satisfaction of knowing you helped students to remove mental barriers and to improve their confidence is priceless.

Volunteers commit one hour per week, assisting teachers with reading assignments and tutoring students individually or in small groups. Teachers guide volunteers through the tutoring process. Therefore, no teaching experience is required; training is provided.

Click here to submit an online application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.  You are welcome to submit the application at any time of the year.

For more information, email Sonya Johnson (Education Engagement Manager) or call 615-771-2312.

Summer Literary Program
The Summer Literacy Program (SLP) is a new Raise Your Hand initiative that promotes the importance of daily reading and combats the effects of summer learning loss. SLP provides access to books, story hour, fun learning activities, and snacks. This summer, program activities are available at three school library locations. Activities are open to all kids ages 11 and under.

*Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School*
Address: 1000 Secluded Ln, Spring Hill, TN 37174
The library will be open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with story hour at 11:00 am.
School contacts: Miss Blum (katelyn.blum@wcs.edu) and Mrs. Johnson (caronj@wcs.edu)


  • June 5 – Story hour: Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra
  • June 13 – Story hour: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • June 19 – Story hour: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  • June 26 – Discovery Zone Bus / An engaging, hands-on exploration about “The Science of Me”
  • July 10 – Story hour: Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
  • July 17 – Story hour: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

*Westwood Elementary School*
Address: 7200 Tiger Trail, Fairview, TN 37062
The library will be open on the following Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9, and July 16.
School contact: Nychelle McKissack


  • 9:30 – 10:30: Open reading and AR testing
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Story hour and project
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Open reading and AR testing

*Liberty Elementary School*
Address: 600 Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN 37064
School contact: Laura Watts (wattslau@fssd.org)


  • June 26 – 10:00 – 12:00
  • July 11 – 10:00 – 12:00
  • July 25 – 10:00 – 12:00



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Help us remove barriers to learning.

Raise Your Hand is supported by generous grants from:

 Dollar General Literacy Foundation logo Community Foundation logo

Mott Foundation logo Volunteer Tennessee logo



Raise Your Hand is a proud partner of:

Tennessee AfterSchool network logo

344 students served in grades 2-4
RYH at Chapmans Retreat 4 - Raise Your Hand

In partnership with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District, RYH volunteer tutors helped 442 students from 12 elementary schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

94% improved in reading
RYH at Poplar Grove 8 - Raise Your Hand

Volunteers commit to 1 hour per week, minimum, for up to 10 weeks. We tutor students one-on-one or in small groups, reinforcing classroom concepts so they can keep up with their peers.

93% improved in math
RYH at Poplar Grove 4 - Raise Your Hand

Classroom leadership is crucial to our program. Teachers and volunteers form a partnership to be a trusted source for listening, coaching, and mentoring each child to success.

For more information about the Raise Your Hand Tutoring Program, email Sonya Johnson or call (615) 771-2312.