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Wanted: Reading buddies to help children learn to read

readingbuddyThe Colton Joint Unified School District’s Community Cabinet is calling on volunteers who want to help children learn to read. Get involved and promote literacy by training to become a reading buddy for students in kindergarten through third grade.

A reading buddy is a parent, or a volunteer from a business or wider community who gives their time to help children develop their reading skills. Usually a reading buddy will be paired up with one child who will read to them for up to 20 minutes.

The session should ideally take place on the same day and at the same time each week. A reading buddy takes an interest in the child and works with them for a minimum of a semester so that they can develop a good relationship. Reading buddies are role models, their ultimate aim being to develop within the children a love of reading, increase the children’s confidence and self esteem and to leave the children with a real sense of achievement.

Reading buddies provide schools with an extremely important resource – their time – and as a result they are very much appreciated and valued in the schools they attend.

There are several reading buddy training options to choose from:

  • October 2, 2014 – 9 a.m. – REC center in Bloomington 18604 Jurupa Ave., Bloomington, CA 92316
  • October 3, 2014 – 1 p.m. – Colton Public Library 656 N. 9th St., Colton, CA 92324
  • October 9, 2014 – 6 p.m. – Azure Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church 22633 Barton Rd., Grand Terrace, CA 92313

(babysitting available)

Sign up online by clicking here.

For more information contact:
Sheila Brower: or (909) 580-5033
Kathy Jackson: or (909) 580-5024

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