The Reading Partners program will pair 100 volunteers from the community with 100 students in the Thomasville school system for one hour or more each week.
The program's core concept is that kids need to see reading as a fun activity, and not an assignment or punishment.
Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett says, "If there's a child who already struggles with reading, and it's not enjoyable, it may be a great encouragement from someone other than mom or dad."
Officials say the statistics for reading in this country are startling: seven of every ten fourth graders in US public schools can't read at grade level.
The sign-up period to be a reading partner will begin in the next few days, and coordinators hope to have things up and running by early January.
For more information, or to sign up and volunteer, contact Connie Farlow at the Thomasville City School system offices at (229) 225-2600. Groups from businesses, churches, or other organizations are also welcome to apply.