At the Santa Rosa School Board meeting Wednesday night, officials recognized the rapidly expanding Schools of Hope program backed by the local United Way and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I featured the program 18 months ago (read that here: http://bit.ly/IWnlw0 ) but in the ensuing year and a half it has more than doubled in the number of volunteers spending at least an hour a week in area schools working with a particular student and in the number of students receiving extra reading help.

Last year, 177 students were served. This year, the number jumped to 375.

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County’s largest school district,  honored volunteers from Agilent who have scores of volunteers in the program this year. For more on the Schools of Hope reading program, click here: http://www.unitedwaywinecountry.org/sohsonoma