Tutors needed for local elementary students


United Way ReadUP program coming to Hattie B. Stokes Elementary

A successful United Way of Central Indiana program to help kids improve their reading skills is being expanded to Boone County this fall, announced Christie Snyder, United Way Boone County Area Director. Up to 40 volunteers will be needed when the program gets underway at Hattie B. Stokes Elementary School in Lebanon.

ReadUP tutoring is part of United Way’s education priority that focuses on early childhood development and elementary education. Helping kids today leads to fewer community needs tomorrow. “I firmly believe daily reading practice increases reading comprehension and frequently inspires students to read to learn, as well as to read for enjoyment. The ReadUP program provides increased opportunities for regular reading practice with the guidance of an adult tutor,” said Diane Scott, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “The student participants’ exposure to another adult who fosters the value of reading is another powerful benefit of the ReadUP program being initiated within Lebanon Schools this coming fall.”

Tutors are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Hattie B. Stokes Elementary from 4 to 5 p.m. During each session, the student reads from a selected book while the tutor assists and asks questions designed to improve comprehension and build confidence.

A 90-minute mandatory training is provided for tutors. Volunteers must also pass a criminal history check.

Interested in learning more about how you can help our children succeed? Contact Amy Hammerle, the Boone County Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for United Way of Central Indiana, at 765.483.0165 or amy.hammerle@uwci.org.

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