The Riceville Community School District and RSVP of North Central Iowa are in search of volunteers who are 55 and older who would like to help students improve their reading.
The Reading Buddy Program is an elementary school literacy tutoring program that provides individual attention to students with a focus on reading development. The Reading Coach Program is a middle school literacy and State of Iowa-certified mentoring program that provides individual attention to students with a focus on reading improvement. Volunteers use reading strategies to help students increase their literacy skills, reading level, and joy of reading. Research clearly indicates that extra reading time helps students strengthen their reading skills.
In addition, Pen Pals is an intergenerational program that links 4th- and 5th-grade students with RSVP volunteers. Pen Pals exchange letters monthly and then meet at a reveal party. The program is designed to help students practice the art of writing, increase literacy skills, and build positive multi-generational relationships.
Volunteers receive an orientation and training specific to their service before starting and throughout their volunteer experience. Reading volunteers usually meet with students for about an hour per week, choosing when and how often to serve.