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Letter

Helping teach  children to read

To the editor:

Children have returned to school classrooms around the Monadnock region. Most children will eagerly page through new textbooks, check out books from the library and delve into learning new adventures. For some children, however, the very idea of reading is a dreaded experience. Struggling with the words on a page of text, writing what they did on summer vacation and trying to decipher phonics are obstacles they face every day.

The Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center and their dedicated volunteers are working hand in hand with schools to help students with their reading struggles. Volunteers work a few hours a week under the supervision of a classroom teacher with the same children to help them improve their reading. This one-on-one interaction has brought about wonderful results in the lives of many children in the past 12 years we have been doing the program. We currently need volunteers (men and women) all over the Monadnock region.

We work with children in grades K-5 in Keene, Swanzey, Chesterfield, Westmoreland, Marlborough, Winchester, Jaffrey and Peterborough. This year we have expanded our program to working with children enrolled in the HeadStart programs in the area. Training is provided for new volunteers, but a love of reading and a desire to make a difference in the lives of children in your community is really all that is required. It will give you a chance to get reacquainted with your neighborhood school!

If you would like to volunteer in this program please call the RSVP office at 357-6893 for more information and to schedule an interview.

Suzette Borden

Program Coordinator

Monadnock RSVP
Volunteer Center

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