History

subpage-imgAkronReads was founded in 1999 and is derived from OhioReads, an initiative of former Governor Bob Taft and a key component of the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio Literacy Initiative. Though OhioReads no longer exists, the AkronReads partnership continues today due to the program’s local success. However, it is no longer a state-funded program and is supported fully by the school district and its partners.

Each year, AkronReads volunteers support Akron Public Schools by:

  • serving more than 300 students
  • volunteering over 3,000 hours
  • giving children caring, positive role models
  • providing a constant, stable presence they can count on

Our specially trained tutors come from all over the community, from all backgrounds and industries – with the shared goal of helping our students learn.