Until third grade, children learn how to read. After that, they read to learn. Children who struggle to learn to read in kindergarten, continue to struggle throughout their lives. Early intervention can help change that.
In 2014 United Way Volunteer Connection piloted the Reading Buddies program at Mosinee Elementary School. After just a few months, student reading scores rose dramatically. The program continued this school year with eight adult volunteers matched with students in kindergarten and first grade who need a little extra reading help. The returning first graders were excited for the program to begin to see their returning buddies.
In January of 2016 a similar program started at Marathon Area Elementary School.
Both programs are flourishing. The kids love having someone spend time with them to practice the important skill of reading, and the volunteers love knowing they are making a real difference in the life of the child they work with.
There are many more children who could benefit from this program. We need more adult volunteers to help. If you are interested in learning more about how you could impact a child’s life through Reading Buddies, contact Jacque Sirianni at 715-298-5723.