We’ve surpassed our goal of finding 500 new reading coaches, but plenty more children still need tutors — and more donations are needed to train and support the volunteers.

The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild are recruiting new coaches and raising funds for Reading Seed, a program that matches adult volunteers with struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade.

So far, 545 of you answered the call to volunteer. Thank you.

Star readers also donated $20,100. Just $4,900 more is needed for Reading Seed to qualify for full matching funds from the Stocker Foundation. Your donation may count as a credit against your state taxes.

Reading Seed will use the money raised to train volunteers, buy materials and measure the results of its work — which is critical to securing future grants.

The Star’s campaign was spurred by last month’s series on childhood poverty, available online at azstarnet.com/poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau says one in three children in our city limits lives in poverty.

To volunteer or donate, go to literacyconnects.org/readingseed or call 798-0700.