In an effort to help children develop better reading skills at an early age as they make the transition of "learning to read" to "reading to learn," we will launch a pilot program to bring volunteer reading tutors to Brooklyn Springs Elementary.
Trained, caring volunteers will visit our pilot school weekly to work one-on-one, to enhance students' reading skills. Volunteers will be expected to give at least 1 hour of service each week as they develop a relationship with the students and encourage the children's enthusiasm for reading.
"One of our goals is to make sure children have every opportunity to succeed in school," said Melanie Outlaw, Executive Director of United Way of Lancaster County. "It's a great way to make a difference in someone's life."
Children will read books at their own reading level. If a child gets to an unknown word, the tutor will help the child learn strategies to decode the word. The extra reading practice and strategies will help the child become a better reader.
All volunteers must complete a School Volunteer Application and attend an orientation of the program. The tentative date for the orientation is February 28, 2014.
Potential tutors will need to visit our office at 109 S. Wylie to complete the volunteer application. All applications must be approved by the LCSD so please complete the application early. It typically takes 30 days for approval. We'd like to see the volunteers in the classroom by March 1, 2014. Please contact our office by phone at 803.283.8923 for questions.