Education in Our Community

30% of 3rd graders are reading at or below standard proficiency levels. Studies show that until 3rd grade, children LEARN to read and after 3rd grade they READ to learn. Let’s prepare our community’s kids to learn.

The Importance of Reading

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success, because the ability to read is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement and success in life. When kids can’t read, they can’t succeed.

Research shows that a student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the end of 3rd grade is unlikely to graduate high school.

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

– Victor Hugo

Take Action

One-on-one mentoring is the centerpiece of the Schools of Hope strategy to increase literacy. Work with a student one-on-one, be a part of their improvement, and celebrate their success.

What does it take to be a School of Hope volunteer tutor?

  • Desire to help -no previous teaching experience required
  • One school year commitment to your student (Sept.-May)
  • Attend required orientation/training
  • Tutor twice a week; 30 minute sessions
  • Successful background check

Schools of Hope Sites

  • Amanda Arnold Elementary
  • Frank Bergman Elementary
  • Bluemont Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Marlatt Elementary
  • Northview Elementary
  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary


Be a Volunteer Tutor

Ready to tutor a child and help them succeed?

Begin the process to become a Schools of Hope volunteer tutor by completing our volunteer application and tutor selection form here. To find out more information, contact the Flint Hills Volunteer Center.

Corporate Volunteers
Make a

Invest in your employees while investing in Manhattan’s children.

The Schools of Hope Corporate Volunteer Program enables Manhattan’s most successful companies to make a hands-on difference in local schools, while providing a unique volunteer opportunity for employees.

Become a Schools of Hope Corporate Volunteer Partner by contacting us at the Flint Hills Volunteer Center!