Raise Your Hand
Raise Your Hand (RYH) is an education initiative to recruit volunteer tutors for students performing below the state standard. Tutors work in the classroom after school helping teachers with 2nd- through 4th-grade students who are struggling with reading and math. Participation is completely free for students and includes free snacks and transportation home. See our 2017-2018 tutoring results below.
Volunteering with Raise Your Hand
Volunteering with the RYH tutoring program offers an opportunity to develop a broad range of skills for your resume, plus help a child reading below grade-level. Unlike most jobs, 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. If you are interested in becoming a RYH tutor, click “Become a volunteer!” on this page to visit our Volunteer Interest form and check “Tutoring children” while completing the form.
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 and fun learning activities. Program activities take place at two school library locations. Students enrolled in Williamson County Schools can attend Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School each Tuesday through July 24th from 9 am – noon. Students enrolled in the Franklin Special School District can attend Liberty Elementary School each Thursday through July 26th from 9 am – noon. Both school locations will be closed during the Fourth of July week. Readers will receive prizes from McDonald’s.
Children entering kindergarten are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Sonya Johnson at 615-771-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District, RYH volunteer tutors helped 401 students from 11 elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
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.