|You may already know about Volunteer Readers Programme as more than 20 of our 200 readers and 3 members of the Board live in or around the Park! VRP is a registered charity operating in 15 schools in United Way High Priority Neighbourhoods (e.g., Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Lawrence Heights).
Our volunteers read one-to-one with Grade 1 and 2 children, during school hours, with the goal of instilling a love of reading as they help children attain grade level skills. The students selected to read with us twice weekly have very low reading scores, are not ESL and are struggling to keep up.
Helping children to read is an investment in their future! It’s well-documented that children who grasp reading basics by around the end of Grade 1 and, equally importantly, who think of themselves as readers, have more academic success in school and are less likely to drop out as soon as they reach the mandatory 18 years .
We are looking for volunteers who can commit one half-day (at the school, during school hours) every two weeks from October to mid-May. We conduct training workshops so volunteers are familiar with our materials and methods and we help you obtain the required Police Reference Check. Substitutes are arranged when you are on holiday or have a last-minute emergency. Volunteers come from a range of professional backgrounds.
Last January‘s LPRA article prompted 8 area residents to join us. Most are now part of the team successfully delivering VRP to Chester PS where we are assisting 18 grade one children with their reading. We‘ve been approached by a school near York Mills and Don Mills to help their struggling grade one youngsters. To do this, we need to find another 8 to 10 volunteers. Please consider helping us to help them!
To volunteer or obtain further information, please contact Managing Coordinator Kate Suter (firstname.lastname@example.org; 647 502-5424), or Executive Director Lenora Butler, Ph.D. (416 481-5369; email@example.com) or visit our website: www.volunteerreaders.ca and apply online.