TAYLOR, Mich. — A district judge is spearheading a volunteer Reading Corps in the Taylor School District, saying that helping children become better learners means he will see fewer of them across the bench, according to The (Southgate) News-Herald.

“There is a direct correlation between a person’s lack of education and the increased probability of becoming a defendant (in court),” Judge Geno Salomone told The News-Herald.

The nonprofit organization will train volunteers to work with preschoolers and kindergartners for 30 minutes a week to improve reading and learning skills, The News-Herald reported. Volunteers will be asked to make a four-year commitment.

This year, at least half of the 450 new kindergarteners need such assistance, The News-Herald reported.

SOURCE:

The (Southgate) News-Herald, “TAYLOR: Reading Corps reaching out to students and community,” Nov. 23, 2011

FURTHER READING:

Michigan Education Digest, “Hundreds volunteer to teach DPS students,” Dec. 15, 2009

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