Read Up!

Help a reader, change a life

Read Up! is our signature in-school tutoring program to help struggling readers in grades one and two become joyful and confident ones. Learning to read can change a child’s life and improve his or her chances of success at school and beyond. The program is aimed at helping young students become proficient readers by grade three, which is a critical learning milestone.

Read Up! volunteers visit schools to help students practice their reading skills and learn to love books. These tutors work with one student for 45 minutes twice a week for a total of 35 to 40 sessions. Calgary Reads trains volunteers who typically have experience in our wee read program before joining Read Up!


Students who received reading support from 193 Read Up! tutors in 2016-17.

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“The students’ self-confidence has flourished and they really enjoy the time with their tutors. The gains made in the program have been transferring over to the classroom and are making students more successful overall in all areas of their learning.”

School Coordinator, Calgary

Reading is a gift with lifelong benefits

Discover how reading can transform children’s lives and make their futures brighter.