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Become a Reading Buddy

Dear Editor:

Want to make a profound difference in a child’s life? Few things have more impact than helping a kid attain proficiency in reading. Studies show that kids can make great leaps in reading ability if they read out loud just 30 minutes a day for 10 weeks.

Basalt Middle School needs more Reading Buddies. If you can help once a week for 30 to 60 minutes, you can positively impact a child’s academic achievement. Last year the Reading Buddies program was a huge success; students who had Buddies showed almost twice the academic growth compared to students who did not receive this important intervention. Anyone can be a Reading Buddy if you are available between 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick a 30-minute, one-student time slot, or come for an hour and you can help two students.

I helped two terrific kids last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are few things more rewarding than seeing a reluctant, struggling reader become a proficient, eager bookworm. If you’d like to be a Reading Buddy at Basalt Middle School, please contact me: 927-4627 or smcraft@att.net.

Stacey Craft

parent volunteer, Basalt Middle School

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