Volunteers Needed to Read with Kids

volunteer_reader_judy_fothergillIf you love to read and are interested in working with children, consider becoming a volunteer with the One to One Children’s Literacy Program. One to One reading programs take place in many elementary schools within the district including Bastion, Hillcrest, South Broadview, North Canoe, Salmon Arm West, Silver Creek, Ranchero, Carlin, Grindrod, MV Beattie, Sorrento, North Shuswap, Falkland, Highland Park, and Armstrong Elementary Schools.

Parent and community volunteers are needed to support our students with their reading. The commitment is 1.5 hours per week for 10 weeks starting mid-October. During that time, volunteers will read with 3 children for 30 minutes each. The children are in grades 2 to 5 and are selected by their teachers to receive this special reading help. All tutoring is done at the school during regular school hours. The One to One program is organized by the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) in partnership with School District #83.

A three-hour training session for all volunteers in basic reading strategies is mandatory as well as a criminal record check. Training sessions will be held during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, September 29 from 9am to 12noon at Hillcrest Elementary School in Salmon Arm
  • Tuesday, September 29 from 3pm to 6pm at Armstrong Elementary School
  • Wednesday, September 30 from 9am to 12noon at South Broadview Elementary School in Salmon Arm

To sign on as a tutor or for further information, please contact Jennifer Findlay, Literacy Outreach Coordinator, at 250-833-2095 or admin@shuswapliteracy.ca.