Read to Succeed looking to fill more classrooms with volunteers

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — If you have one hour a week to spare, the United Way of Greater Lafayette asks you to consider becoming a volunteer for its Read to Succeed program. Volunteers spend an hour a week helping elementary school students with their reading skills.

Ashley Biesemeier from the United Way and Greg Louk, assistant principal at Miller Elementary, were Wednesday’s guests on News 18 This Morning, and they talked more about the program.

“Read to Succeed is a United Way and community commitment to education initiative where volunteers are paired with local teachers and placed in the classroom for one hour a week to help students build confidence with their reading ability,” explained Biesemeier.

Louk stressed the importance of students mastering reading at a young age by saying, “You have such a strong correlation between a student’s reading ability at third grade and their academic confidence after that to high school graduation. It makes a tremendous impact at our schools.”

Right now, the program is in need of about 95 volunteers.

“We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, loves being around kids and likes being read to,” said Louk.

Biesemeier added that no training or previous experience is needed to become a volunteer. All you have to do is register online or call 765-742-9077.

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