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Volunteers sought for local Reading Buddies program

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Trexler Hirn assists Little Buddy Tyler Losa as he chooses a book.
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The Reading Buddies Program, a collaboration between the Literacy Project of Eagle County and the Eagle Valley Library District, is looking for volunteers.

The program pairs teen volunteers with younger children (students in grades first through third) for an hour of one-on-one shared reading, once a week for eight weeks. Big Buddies (teen mentors in grades 9-12) receive training at the beginning and throughout the session. In addition to helping a younger child read and succeed, teens are granted the opportunity to develop leadership, problem-solving and communication skills. Teen mentors practice choosing appropriate books and materials, as well as, positive reinforcement techniques for helping a little buddy. Reading Buddies is a great experience for students to feature on resumes and college applications.

Little Buddies are emerging readers, struggling readers, and those who love to read. The program gives the little buddies extra reading practice with a caring, trained mentor in a fun and creative environment. The buddy pairs take turns reading, play literacy games and take part in group activities. Buddy pairs enjoy creating “Silly Sentences” using the parts of speech, new words with “Bananagrams” and tales with “Story Cubes.” In a group, students share elements enjoyed from stories read, and goals for future sessions.

A Big Buddy Mentor Training will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. This interactive group session will allow for Buddies to practice techniques for working with little buddy readers outlined in the training handbook.

For more information, contact Cathy in Avon (970) 949-6797, Dale in Eagle (970) 328-8800, Nicole in Gypsum (970) 524-5080 or Dwaine in Gypsum at (970) 688-0118.

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