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READS program in need of volunteers

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 10:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 10:53 a.m. CDT
A READS volunteer helps a St. Malachy first-grade student strengthen her reading skills during a meeting in 2008. Chris Mansour, READS program director, said the program has existed for the past 12 years.

The annual Read Enjoy and Develop Success (READS)program at Creston Elementary and St. Malachy schools is in need of about 45 additional volunteers.

The program, which begins in November, couples an adult volunteer with a first-grade student currently learning to read. Volunteers meet with their reading buddy once per week for 30 minutes and help encourage and motivate their student to continue their reading progress.

“This has been a very successful program for about the past 12 years,” said Chris Mansour, coordinator for the program. “This one-on-one reading time really benefits the students. And, for the volunteers, hopefully, it will allow them to make a connection with a young person, help them improve their reading skills and for some volunteers the friendship can be long lasting.”

Volunteers are required to complete a positive background test, and will be asked to attend a one-hour training session as a prelude to involvement in the READS program. The program — a collaboration of Creston Community Schools, St. Malachy and Dollars for Scholars — will run from November through end of the school year.

A wide range of reading times are available Monday through Friday in the morning or afternoon. (See chart below) The one-hour training sessions are slated for noon Oct. 15 or 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

To become a READS volunteer contact Mansour at (641) 782-4382.


READS times

Creston Elementary | Monday: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday: 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday: 10:30 to 11 a.m.

St. Malachy | Tuesday: 2 to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday: 2 to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 to 3 p.m. Friday: 8:30 to 9 a.m., 9 to 9:30 a.m.

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