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Volunteers needed to help kids read to succeed

There is a shortage of Read to Succeed volunteers this school year.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2018 12:02 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 7:58 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The United Way of Greater Lafayette employees would like to see more people get involved.

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United Way workers place community volunteers in classrooms to help students with their literacy skills. This includes helping kids say and spell words they're having trouble with.

"Just to have that person watching them and helping them with the reading and just kind of building their confidence is just a huge help in the classroom," said third grade Amelia Earhart Elementary school teach Karen Pedigo.

This year, more than 60 teachers did not receive a volunteer. Community members are asked to sign up for one hour each week. Volunteers sometimes read to the student and students read to their volunteers.

Bob Feuer brings his dog Teddy to volunteer.

"Try it and you'll love it," said Feuer. "That's the only thing I can tell them. It's such a rewarding thing to do and it's fun. I tell people about it and hopefully, we can get more people to volunteer and do this."

If you have any questions contact United Way Community Impact Associate Ashley Biesemeier at 765-742-9077 ext. 233. She can also be reached by email. Abiesemeier@uw.lafayette.in.us.

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