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Reading buddies

New program teams up seniors with kids to keep up reading skills

June 19, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal

Kendall Young Library, in partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP - is encouraging kids to keep up their reading skills with the HEART Summer Reading Program. HEART stands for Help Engage a Reader Today.

Research has shown that students will suffer learning loss if they do not read during the summer, according to program officials. Teachers spend an average of 4 to 6 weeks every fall reteaching material that students have lost during the summer. Reading just four to five books over the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores

In an effort to prevent a decline in a child's learning loss, RSVP volunteers will be available to read one-on-one with children on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in June and July, following the library's Recycling Squad program.

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Young Taryn Owen shares a book with Reading Buddy Sharon Helm at Kendall Young Library.

"The kids of Pleasantview and Sunset Heights Elementary School have loved their RSVP Reading Buddies, so believe this will be a successful and helpful summer program as well," said Becky Koppen, RSVP volunteer coordinator.

Any child interested in reading with a Reading Buddy is encouraged to attend.



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