Back to school: ReadUP seeking tutors


By Sophie Pappas

ReadUP volunteers are needed this fall in Boone County, as school children hit the books once again.

“This is a successful United Way of Central Indiana program to help kids improve their reading skills will continue in Boone County this fall,” said Christie Snyder, United Way Boone County area director.

ReadUP tutoring is part of United Way’s education priority that focuses on early childhood development and elementary education.

 “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.”

Tutors are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students will read from a selected book while the tutor assists and asks questions designed to improve comprehension and build confidence. Volunteers can register to become a Boone County tutor at

A 90-minute mandatory training is provided for tutors. Trainings will be held on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 in Lebanon. 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

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