This one-on-one reading and mentoring program targets students in grades K-4 who are attending an elementary school located in an impoverished neighborhood. Each student is paired with an adult volunteer. The student and mentor meet 30-60 minutes each week for 6-8 week sessions (during the school day) throughout the school year. Including 5 locations: Manchester, Morrow, Big Beaver, Central, Rodchester, and West Liberty Elementary Schools. All adult mentors have received appropriate clearances, and these records are kept on file at the school.
“We have students coming to us and asking, ‘Is my reader here yet? or Is my reader coming today?’ They want to be in school for this program and are excited to have the personal attention.”
Each reader is usually able to read with two students during this time.“We really get to know the kids and enjoy building those relationships with the help of the school staff,” says Maria Wesley, a Church Union Board member who holds a degree in education, of her three years in the program.
“One boy was really not happy to participate. He would listen but put his head down. Now he is excited to read together. To see him each time over the three year’s time and to see how he has grown–good stuff!”
-Volunteer from Dutilh UM Church in Cranberry