Reading program needs volunteers

Co-ordinators Jenny Mitchell, Christine Barry, Linda Grey, volunteer Pamela Marin and Year 3 student Chance Mitchell.
Co-ordinators Jenny Mitchell, Christine Barry, Linda Grey, volunteer Pamela Marin and Year 3 student Chance Mitchell.

‘Support a Reader’ program co-ordinators Linda Grey, Jenny Mitchell and Christine Barry recently appealed for parents and community members with ‘one hour a week to spare’ to help.

Mrs Grey said it was a one-on-one reading program that gave students experiencing problems with reading individual support from a tutor.

‘Reading is our most valuable form of communication and it is an area of learning that many students struggle with,’ she said.

‘Tutors receive training from the Support a Reader co-ordinator and volunteer their time to work with target students from Year 2 and Year 3 during the week.

‘Tutors are welcome to come whenever they are able but it is preferable if they can commit to a time and day each week.’

Mrs Grey said students would work with tutors for at least three 15-minute sessions a week.

‘We often hear of people asking how they can use their time to assist in the academic and social development of children,’ she said.

‘If you are able to help, and are not a parent at the school, you will need a working with children check and enthusiasm to support students who need help with reading.’

To help, call Clarkson Primary School on 9305 1800 during office hours.