School Looking For Volunteers For Reading Program

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Frontier Elementary School teachers are looking for volunteers this summer to help students strengthen their reading skills.

The school needs volunteers who are willing to spend 30 minutes to an hour reading to the students as part of the school's summer reading program.

The program will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at the school from June 7 to June 24.

Students have already been selected for the program, but coordinator Kristy Hall is still soliciting volunteer readers to give the students the chance to interact with a wide range of storytellers.

"We usually have people from the library, the police department, fire department and the humane society come by," Hall said, "but I'm sure there are a lot of other people in the community who would like to participate."

Children in the program spend 30 minutes working one-on-one with a tutor, 30 minutes working in small groups and 30 minutes listening to a storyteller read from selected books.

The program is designed to help students in first through fourth grades strengthen their reading, writing and language skills, Hall said.

The teachers in the program also are offering parent training, Hall said, to bring parents up-to-date on the latest teaching strategies for their children.

And, for the first time, the school library will be open to participating students and their parents during program hours, Hall said.

Julia Randall Elementary and Payson Elementary schools also are sponsoring summer reading programs from June 7 to June 24, but those schools aren't in need of volunteers.

"It's one of my favorite things," said Wende Waggoner, JRE's program coordinator. "It's a chance to work with the children uninterrupted. You get to know them and enjoy them without being rushed by the bell."

Anyone who would like to volunteer as a storyteller for Frontier's summer reading program can call Hall at 474-5420 or the school office at 472-2052.

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