LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Hundreds of volunteers, who have combined to spend thousands of hours helping children learn how to read, received some special recognition Thursday.
United Way hosted the event at the Wabash National Innovation Center recognizing Read to Succeed volunteers.
In the third year for the program, more than 530 volunteers spent one hour a week in 15 elementary schools around Tippecanoe County. More than half of volunteers, like Dan House, came back after volunteering the previous year.
“It’s probably one of the greatest volunteer activities I’ve participated in the last 25 years. It’s very rewarding,” said House. “You create a bond. They really appreciate your time and efforts.”
News 18′s Dan Klein is another volunteer with two years of experience. He has volunteered for the last two years in a kindergarten classroom at Klondike Elementary School.
Next year, the program will expand to all public elementary schools in the county, so even more volunteers will be needed. Organizers said 600 or more.