Their goal is simple: To inspire a love of literacy and self-confidence in students.

But Ashley Cook said they need volunteers to make it happen.

Cook, the RoCo Readers coordinator, said the program needs volunteer tutors, willing to help foster a love of reading in local students.

"Tutors sit with students one day per week, for 30 minutes," Cook said. "This year we will be in all Claremore elementary schools, Justus-Tiawah Elementary School and Inola Elementary School."

She says the program makes a lasting impact on both the students and the tutors.

"I looked back at the progress and these kids went up an entire grade level in their reading level, maybe more," she said. "Personally, my favorite thing about this program is that at the end of each session the tutor gets to gift a book to the student. So the students are able to build their own at-home library."

The RoCo Readers program is hosting a volunteer orientation on Aug.17 at 10 a.m. at the Will Rogers Library in Claremore. Anyone interested in volunteering should email to get an application. There is a $35 registration fee to cover insurance and an OSBI background check.

"The orientation provides tutors with what to expect, how children learn to read and enjoy literacy, so our volunteers feel prepared," she said.

RCLC brings the RoCo Readers program to Rogers County through a grant from Believe in-Reading. Rogers County Literacy Council is a volunteer-based literacy nonprofit proudly serving Rogers County for over 30 years.  Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday at the Will Rogers Library 9:30 am-4:30pm.