As the school year comes to a close, so does Reading Club. This year, UWDC Donors and Volunteers made it possible for Reading Club participants to have incredible experiences and great success with reading.
Thanks to a cohort of 14 volunteers from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, in early spring, we were able to expand Reading Club into a 4th elementary school. South View Elementary welcomed the help from these high ability high-schoolers, who in turn found great satisfaction working with the third graders. Indiana Academy student, Kiana King, had the idea to bring a group of Academy students to a school in need of help.
“We have wonderful memories of working alongside the children. I am so incredibly proud of our success as a group,” Kiana shared.
As the Reading Club year came to an end, clubs at Longfellow, Sutton, and Wes-Del Elementary Schools mixed up their reading fun with field trips to Ball State University, The David Owsley Museum of Art, and Books-a-Million. The year ended with Readers Theater and Poetry Café performances, at which students demonstrated their reading talents to their families and teachers.
All of this is made possible by the enthusiastic volunteers, who donate an average of 60 hours of their time per school year to Reading Club. Their passion for reading is contagious and makes the children excited to continue learning, even after their school days end. Thank you, Volunteers and Donors, for all you do to help increase literacy in our community!