Starting a Reading Buddies Program
Reading Buddies programs are an excellent way for churches to support students in their local communities. The program matches volunteers with young students to provide reading support and help improve literacy skills. Here are some key benefits and ways to get involved:
Benefits of Reading Buddies
Research has shown that students who participate in reading buddy programs experience significant gains in reading proficiency and academic performance. Additionally, reading buddies can provide positive role models and help build relationships between students and volunteers.
How to Get Involved
Churches can get involved in the Reading Buddies program by partnering with local schools and recruiting volunteers from the congregation. Volunteers typically commit to reading with a student for a set period each week, either during or after school. The program provides training and support for volunteers, including guidelines for effective reading support and best practices for building relationships with students.
Making an Impact
By participating in the Reading Buddies program, churches can make a meaningful impact on the lives of young students in their community. The program not only helps improve literacy skills, but also fosters a sense of community and connection between volunteers, students, and schools.
The Reading Buddies program is an excellent opportunity for churches to support students and improve literacy skills in their communities. Let’s work together to make a difference in the lives of young learners! To learn more ways you can support schools in your area, visit https://www.scbaptist.org/heart4schools/.