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Police Chief Hite and Boomer read to students

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INDIANAPOLIS -

IMPD Chief Rick Hite and Boomer, the Indiana Pacers mascot, joined students at Indianapolis Public School 44 to work on their reading skills Monday.

The event kicked off the seventh year of the ReadUP program, an IPS and United Way partnership that tutors third and fourth graders in reading. ReadUP volunteers spend about 30 hours every school year working with students. There are currently 925 ReadUP volunteers, but the group is hoping to recruit 1,200.

"This is a gift that many of us got when we were children, we take it for granted. But it's a gift that changed our lives and can change a child's life as well. So it's a really great opportunity to bring people together," said Ann Murtlow, United Way of Central Indiana CEO & President.

Murtlow said students test up to 40 percent higher in reading after going through the program. 500 students are signed up for the ReadUP program this year. 

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