WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Volunteers are helping Greater Lafayette students enhance reading and literary skills.
Early elementary education is an important time for students to gain basic reading skills. Those skills are the building blocks for success in future classes.
The Read to Succeed program offers extra reading help to young students. Burnett Creek Elementary School's third grade teacher, JoEllen Hayworth, said last year's program helped with students' overall progress.
"They look forward to the activities and having the Read to Succeed people into the classroom. It's kind of like putting Cool Whip on an ice cream sundae. It just tops off the whole day for them," said Hayworth.
Read to Succeed brings volunteers to elementary classrooms once a week for one hour. Volunteers have students read books and then review what they've read.
It's a partnership between United Way of Greater Lafayette, the three public school corporations, and Greater Lafayette Commerce. United Way of Greater Lafayette CEO, James Taylor, said the goal is to give students a solid foundation to further their education.
"As of last year's IREAD scores, we've seen huge progress at the schools that have been able to achieve (the program). What we've learned from the schools themselves is that the volunteers are making a big difference," said Taylor.
Burnett Creek Elementary School's Principal, Mark Pearl, said he too sees progress in the students. He said the Read to Succeed program is a great way for volunteers to see the changes in an elementary classroom setting.
"From the way we group, the way we move about in a classroom, and set up in stations. The kinds of materials that the students are exposed to, the technology and all the things that are different from what the volunteers might remember as school as usual," said Pearl.
Taylor said they're still in need of volunteers.
"Whether you're a retired teacher or a retired policeman, the kids just love it," said Hayworth.
For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact: Emily Bollock at (765) 742-9077 or click here to visit the Read to Succeed website.
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