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Elementary Schools
2023-24 Volunteers
2023-24 Students
2023-24 Weekly Minutes Read

Education Connection Named 2023-24 Belton ISD Community Partner

Belton ISD CP

Thank you to the following Belton/Temple churches for their partnership with us to share the love and joy of reading with students in Belton ISD:
* Belton Church of Christ at Leon Heights Elementary
* First Baptist Church Belton at Southwest Elementary
* First Baptist Temple at Pirtle Elementary
* St. Luke's Catholic Church Temple at Sparta Elementary
* Trinity Church Temple at Burrell Elementary and Tarver Elementary

Our Mission

Our Mission is simple, straightforward, and achievable

...every child reading by the end of 3rd grade.

Our Why

In 2009, the church community asked city leaders what they could do to make a lasting impact in our city. The answer was simple: to support children’s literacy and decrease school dropout rates. Hence, Education Connection was created, a program of Christ Together Greater Austin “CTGA” (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization). Our volunteers serve the community by sitting with elementary children each week to read one-on-one. With the program growing rapidly and with more children in need of extra support, there’s a place for YOU to make a difference in a child’s education and life.

88% of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade.

Education Connection is raising up volunteers to help combat this alarming statistic.

Survey Says


of all Teachers stated their students benefited from having a Literacy Partner!

Read Teacher comments here!


of all Literacy Partners noticed improvement in some or all of the students they work with!


of all Students think reading with their Literacy Partner is “great” or “good.”

Woman with books for kids
Woman helping a child read
Child reading a book

Our Students Improved In

Reading Confidence

Sounding Out New/Difficult Words

Word Comprehension

Progressing Through Reading Levels

Join Education Connection

Literacy isn’t a problem, illiteracy is!

Join us as we combat childhood illiteracy, one of the largest problems in the Greater Austin area, by empowering volunteers to read with students one-on-one, while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow.


We help children learn to read so they can read to learn.