Reading Buddies seeks volunteers
EAGLE COUNTY — Reading Buddies is looking for teen volunteers to work with local children. The Reading Buddies 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 ninth through 12th) receive training at the beginning and throughout the session. In addition to helping a younger child read, 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 “Banana-grams” and tales with “story cubes.” In a group, students share elements enjoyed from stories read, and goals for future sessions.
Interested families of children in first through third grades and those interested in becoming a big buddy are invited to an open house to be held this month to learn more about the program and apply.
For more information, contact Cathy in Avon at 970-949-6797, Dale in Eagle at 970-328-8800 or Nick in Gypsum at 970-524-5080.
Weekly Reading Buddies schedule:
Avon Public Library
Open House: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Sept. 30-Nov. 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Eagle Public Library
Open House: Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Gypsum Public Library
Open House: Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
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