Community Solutions

MLK Reads

In downtown Little Rock, members of Second Baptist Church are volunteering to make a difference and provide support for aspiring young readers in kindergarten through fifth grade at Martin Luther King Elementary School.

Through MLK Reads, 182 church members and community volunteers from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Central Arkansas Water and Entergy have tutored 320 students who were reading below grade level. MLK Reads also hosted 6, weeklong, summer reading camps where students received an hour of one-on-one tutoring each day and opportunities to explore area attractions like the Museum of Discovery and the Children’s Library.

Second Baptist Church has a rich history of promoting social and racial justice through its community outreach and ministry. The Church’s interest in grade-level reading grew from a strategic planning process that connected early literacy to its legacy of social activism on education issues. In addition to providing literacy tutoring for children, the church also has provides other forms of support, including school supplies and clothing. The initiative also seeks to involve parents and families.

Want to learn more about MLK Reads? Click here to contact Randall Eller at Second Baptist Church.