Be There: Volunteers needed for reading program

Be There: Volunteers needed for reading program

(WTVM) - You've heard the saying – reading is fundamental.

The Literacy Alliance wants to help Muscogee County Pre-K students with the fundamentals of reading, but they need volunteers to get it done.

These Pre-K students at Muscogee Elementary in Columbus are learning the alphabet with the help of computers. Putting letters together to make words will help them learn to read, but sometimes they need even more assistance, and that's where you come in.

"We know from past experience that when children are read to, it increases their vocabulary," said Diane Bryant, a Muscogee Elementary Pre-K teacher. "That exposes them to more words. They see things in writing and it improves their desire, willingness and ability to learn to read."

Studies have shown reading to children helps them learn to read. The Literacy Alliance needs 120 volunteers to change the lives of dozens of children in the district by giving one hour, one morning a week for eight weeks to read to students in one of six participating schools. There is an assortment of books to choose from like Silly Sally, One Duck Stuck or even The Kissing Hand.

"Just by these amazing volunteers being reading buddies, sitting down for 20 minutes and reading a story with a child, they increase tremendously," said Barbara Moushon, executive director for the Literacy Alliance. "Teachers see increase classroom participation, they see them become more confident and all that just opens up their future."

If you're interested in volunteering one hour a week for eight weeks, call the Literacy Alliance at 706-748-2610.

The first session begins next Tuesday and runs until March 22. The other two sessions are February 11 through April 19 and February 19 through April 26.

They really need people to make sure every child has a reading buddy.

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