Team Read

The statistics are alarming…

Nearly 70% of all third grade students in Memphis’ lowest performing schools do not read at a third-grade reading level.  If a child is not reading on grade level by third grade, there is a good chance they will not catch up. In an effort to help improve literacy rates in Memphis, Hope partners with Team Read and Shelby County Schools to work with 2nd graders to improve their reading skills. 

What does Team Read look like?

  • 1 hour per week (2 kids for 30 minutes each)
  • Shifts take place between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Teaching basic sight words to second-grade students using methods provided by Team Read
  • No prior experience required - just a willing and encouraging spirit!

Who are our school partners this year?

  • South Park Elementary
  • Hawkins Mill Elementary
  • Vollentine Elementary
  • Dexter Elementary
  • Sharpe Elementary


We are currently seeking new and returning volunteers to partner with us for the upcoming school year. No prior experience is required for you to join us, but the Shelby County Department of Education does require all new volunteers to attend a training session with the school board and to submit to a background check and fingerprinting. All returning volunteers are required to attend a reorientation and must complete the renewal process with Shelby County Schools each year. Registration for your choice of school, day and time will be made available in September of each school year.

If you are interested in volunteering with Team Read, please email Team Read Coordinator, Jennifer Bailey.