Office of the President

December 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Experts far and wide generally agree that poor reading ability in the early grades is linked to high school attrition and that early intervention is critical when students are experiencing difficulty. As the area's largest employer and a proud community partner,

Purdue has once again pledged to support Read to Succeed, a joint venture by Greater Lafayette Commerce and the United Way, aimed at making a difference in a child's education.

The Read to Succeed initiative places volunteers for one hour a week in the classrooms of local elementary schools to help struggling students become more proficient. Again in 2016, the University will grant employees compensated time off to participate in the program, including an hour for actual tutoring and 30 minutes travel time. The program staff will gladly work with those who prefer to volunteer every other week. To ensure continuity with the students, Read to Succeed seeks volunteers willing to make a long-term commitment.

Employees who would like to participate can find additional information at Purdue’s Read to Succeed website.  If you have questions come to mind, contact Teresa Rohler at 494-1679.  In order to avoid significant impact on departmental function, supervisors have discretion in authorizing participation.

I encourage you to consider this volunteer opportunity to help the children of our community.



Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.