READ, which began in 2012, is a cooperative effort between Headwaters and Rappahannock County Elementary School, and provides on-site tutoring to Rappahannock’s youngest readers. READ mentors work with youth in Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade to spark excitement about reading, assist with site word identification and decoding.

Tutors work with designated students in a structured environment and meet twice a week with the same student for the entire school year. Supported with targeted curriculum, guidance, training and the presence of other tutors, each READ mentor works with one or two children, allowing for the natural development of a respectful one-on-one relationship. The READ Manager participates in each tutoring session and communicates the curriculum goals and teacher expectations to ensure each pair is adequately prepared for the session.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the READ Program went on hiatus. We expect to return in Fall/Winter 2021. In the meantime, we will take this as an opportunity to revamp READ with some exciting new aspects. We look forward to announcing those details in the near future. Stay tuned!

If you are an imaginative reader that loves working with the youngest members of our community and feels compelled to give back, consider volunteering in our program! We will train you, support you throughout your tutoring, and guide you in being a positive force in young person’s life.

To get more information, contact the READ Program Manager at

Headwaters READ Program