August 6, 2002 at 4:37 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 11:45 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - OhioReads, Gov. Bob Taft's program to improve students' reading skills, has recruited 45,000 volunteer tutors since it was created three years ago, Taft said Monday.
"When I first called on people to volunteer in the schools I was told that 20,000 was too ambitious a number," Taft (pictured, above) said at the second-annual statewide OhioReads conference.
The governor said he wants to reach 50,000 volunteers by the end of the upcoming school year.
OhioReads was Taft's top priority when he took office in 1999.
The reading program provides grants to schools and community groups to buy reading materials, run after-school, weekend and summer reading programs and coordinate programs that bring reading volunteers to schools.
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