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"Students work together in a one-on-one capacity to build reading comprehension and learning skills and to develop an enjoyment of reading."

Nonprofit after-school reading comprehension organization Read Better Be Better (RBBB) was awarded a $3,500 grant from Glendale’s From the Heart Foundation to expand services to Alhambra Elementary School District students.

RBBB began serving Alhambra students at three schools during the spring semester. This is the first year RBBB received a From the Heart grant.

Established in 2014, RBBB was created to address the literacy crisis in Arizona. Middle school youth leaders help third-grade students identified by school personnel as needing targeted reading intervention.

Students work together in a one-on-one capacity to build reading comprehension and learning skills and to develop an enjoyment of reading.

Teachers report that, on average, students show more than 20% comprehension improvement and 20% concentration improvement after participating in RBBB after-school programs compared with nonparticipating students.

“Our program focuses on what a student can achieve rather than what they can’t,” founder and CEO Sophie Etchart said. “Children want to do well. They want to read better. Our middle schoolers want more responsibility and to be empowered. Students can achieve both goals in our program by pairing up and working together. The end results are educated leaders of tomorrow.”

From the Heart’s mission is to promote the positive development of youth, strengthen the capabilities of families, and assist residents in addressing crisis needs by supplementing the resources of existing community agencies.

For more information about Read Better Be Better, visit readbetterbebetter.org