The Community Advocates for Education, or CAFE—a citizens grassroots committee lending support and oversight to the school district—is introducing the "Bridger Reader" reading mentor program for elementary students in Grades K-2.
"Anybody who lives anywhere in the Ambridge School District can volunteer," she said.
Andrews said the literacy program is currently offered in other school districts and is "very successful."
The Bridger Readers program is open to pupils in kindergarten through second grades who need help with reading.
Volunteers listen to children read and help them with pronunciation and comprehension, providing instant feedback. Most importantly, volunteers offer individual attention to help students improve their reading skills, spending about 15 minutes in a one-on-one session.
"By spending a few hours a week, you can help several children become successful readers and make a significant impact upon their learning," CAFE said in a news release.
"These kids need help, so please consider volunteering your time. It will make a big difference to those students who need the most help. Research shows that schools that have community volunteers are more successful."
Official clearance is required for volunteers and CAFE is offering help with completing the necessary paperwork. Click here for the required forms.
A short training session will be given by the staff at the school.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Kathy Andrews via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-869-3646.
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