Reading is one of the fundamental building block for education. But many students have a difficult time learning to read. That's why the Lansing Public School District runs HOSTS, or Helping One Student to Succeed. The program brings 300 volunteers together with nearly 300 students to help them with reading.
But budget cuts may be the end of the HOST program. The district is waiting for $90,000 ASAP-LAP grant to fund the program. The state grant is currently in appropriations.
Literary teachers say the success of the program has been evident. In nine months, more than half of students gained two to five years in reading. The district is unsure when it will find out if it can continue to provide the program.