Reading program brings elementary students, community together
Bauer-Speck Elementary School launched a new mentorship program earlier this month. The “Books with Buddies” program encourages students in the second and third grade to develop a love for reading and literacy. But the critical element of the program is community mentors, and more are needed, according to Principal Karen Grandoli.
The program provides one-on-one reading with a volunteer from the community who partners with the same second or third grade student for 30 minutes, once a week, for 10 weeks during the student’s lunch hour.
The goal is to develop a strong bond between the mentor and the student through one-on-one attention during each session, with the intent that each student will develop a love for reading and literacy. The attention and mentoring will have a lasting impression on every student’s education.
Thirty minutes of your time once a week to help develop literacy and a love for reading is all it takes! The program is in full swing, but ends May 21, and is held during the 11:40-12:25 lunch period on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are a community leader, local business owner, or community member, and are interested in becoming a mentor, or would like more information, please call Michael Gray, Karen Grandoli, or Rita Koski at (805) 769-1350.