Washington Reading Corps Resource Page

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West Hills Elementary WRC would like to thank the following places for their generous support throughout the 2007-2008 school year:

Washington Reading Corps Overview

The mission of the Washington Reading Corps is to improve reading abilities of K-6 students across Washington State. This is achieved through research-based tutoring of struggling readers and effective collaborations among schools, families, community members, National Service, businesses and state partners.

West Hills Elementary Washington Reading Corps

We work towards improving our students' reading skills with 20-30 minute tutoring sessions throughout the week. West Hills Elementary participates in the "Walk to Read" model to improve reading. In "Walk to Read" students actively participate in reading groups suitable to their skills. "Walk to Read" is important because it relieves pressure for those students reading below grade level, and challenges those students reading above grade level.

Each day Washington Reading Corps members and Community Volunteers tutor students after primary reading groups for 20-30 minutes. In these tutoring sessions we focus on the five components of reading:

  1. Phonemic Awareness: This refers to the sounds that letters and letter combinations make
  2. Phonics: Understanding how a word sounds and how a word is written.
  3. Fluency: Reading the way we talk. Example: Mary had a little lamb. Not: Mary    had a      little     lamb.
  4. Vocabulary: Understanding what words mean and learning to use them correctly
  5. Reading Comprehension: The ability to retain important information from all reading such as plot, narrator, main character, etc.


We are always looking for new volunteers to provide as little as 30 minutes per week. If you are interested in helping the children in the Bremerton community become better readers then contact us at:

  • Call the West Hills WRC office at (360) 473-4671 and ask to speak to the WRC AmeriCorps member in charge of Volunteer Recruitment and Training
  • Email the West Hills WRC office at: westhillswrc@gmail.com 

Volunteer Benefits

There are many personal and professional benefits to volunteering with the Washington Reading Corps at West Hills Elementary, including:

  • Free Training
  • Flexible Scheduling. You choose the grade, the number of students, and the time that works best for your schedule.
  • It is a valuable Experience for future teachers, educators, and childcare workers.
  • It can be used as a Reference for scholarship, college, and job applications.
  • You will be Honored and Appreciated at West Hills Community Events as part of the West Hills Family.