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.
United Way Volunteer Connection piloted the Reading Buddies program in 2014 at Mosinee Elementary School. After just a few months, student reading scores rose dramatically. The program continued with adult volunteers matched with students in kindergarten and first grade who need a little extra reading help. The returning first graders are always excited for the program to begin to see their returning buddies.
The program has now expanded to Marathon Area Elementary School, Edgar Elementary School and Rothschild Elementary.
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. If you are interested in learning more about how you could impact a child’s life through Reading Buddies, contact Krista Mischo at 715-298-5719.