United Way's Reading Buddy Program
Reading Buddies helps developing young readers reach benchmark reading goals by the end of the third grade. Volunteers are paired with a first, second, or third grader who is below grade level reading, for 45 minutes a week during the school year. Trained volunteers use a variety of tools to help emerging readers learn their sight words, comprehension, identify new words, gain confidence in their reading skills, and more!
One-to-one tutoring with an emerging young reader forms a bond between students and their tutors; this is a successful strategy to help students improve their reading skills.
Why is Grade-Level Reading Important?
When students are not reading at grade-level by 3rd grade, they are four times less likely to not graduate on time, or at all
In 3rd grade, students are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn
Common Core Learning Standards, the newly adopted K-12 curriculum requires strong comprehension skills that stem from being a strong reader
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Contact Jennifer Thompson at 360.943.2773 ext 121