Reading Buddies

RSVP Reading Buddies share the “joy of reading” with students in schools around Marshall County.

Volunteers are needed at Guntersville, DAR, and Brindlee Mountain Primary, as RSVP Reading Buddies where they work one-on-one with first and second graders who are having difficulty learning to read.

Orientations for Reading Buddies will be offered on these dates:

Brindlee Mountain Primary - September 16 at 8:30 a.m.

DAR - September 17 at 8 a.m.

Guntersville – new volunteers, one-on-one TBA

Meet your school contact, get a school calendar, learn the layout of the school and learn how to be a Reading Buddy for some special child.

Studies prove that the earlier children's needs are addressed, the better chances are that problems will be avoided in the future. Therefore, the RSVP program wants to increase its volunteer resources targeted for literacy programs.

"We need men and women who could give thirty minutes or an hour a week to help a student learn the joy of reading", said Becky Whitaker, RSVP Reading Buddy Coordinator. "RSVP Reading Buddies gain such personal satisfaction as they see their efforts pay off when ‘their’ children go from below grade level reading to grade level with their help."

When Reading Buddies go to the school they may work with one child for about 15-20 minutes or may work with up to three students during the hour they are at the school. Teachers will send things for the student to read or Reading Buddies and their student pick out books of interest at the school library. Sometimes Reading Buddies bring one of their own favorites to read to the child.

If you can give an hour a week (with time off for vacations, etc.) to this heart-warming, fun Reading Buddy program, please call RSVP to signup, 256-571-7734.

Because of school security, volunteers must have a completed, processed volunteer application, choose the day of the week and time of day they would like to volunteer, before going to orientation.

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