I have volunteered for 3 years with book buddies. It is a rewarding program to be able to help young readers enjoy reading. You get to know the children which helps you find books they will like and encourage them to read.
The coordinator is very helpful and positive in making suggesting and having books available. It is great to see the smiles on the students faces as they look forward to reading a favorite book.
I have volunteered with Literacy Connections' Book Buddies program for two years in my local primary school. It is incredibly rewarding to connect with students and see the progress they make with their reading during the school year and see them enjoy reading more as their skills develop. I recall one student, in particular, who 'hated' reading at the beginning of the school year. At the end of the school year, she declared she loved reading and wanted to continue reading past our allotted time. As a parent and community member, I know the value of developing reading skills early. The requests for Book Buddies have grown as teachers and schools experience the success of the program.
The people at Book Buddies are great to work with. I am a volunteer and help young readers who are struggling in a public school through this program. My contact person is extremely helpful and supportive, answer emails quickly, and gathers whatever materials I have requested. She is also available to discuss the students progress and suggests activities to use with them.
I have been a volunteer with the Literacy Connections "Book Buddies" program for two school years. Once or twice a week, I spend 45 minutes reading with a second grader before I go to work. The kids love it, I love spending time with them, and it's a great help to the teachers. The Coordinator from Literacy Connections is a terrific support, providing special reading materials, games, advice, and anything else I might need. The teacher I help is also wonderful - she made me feel so welcome in her classroom, and is very grateful for my help. Our teachers deserve all the support we can give them!
Literacy Connections at 325 Main Street in Poughkeepsie was gracious to take me on as a tutor. The experience has allowed me to give back to society and learn about education and people in general. Some of these lessons are priceless. Everyone at Literacy Connections is very professional top down and my supervisors roll has been stellar. Without literacy, whether first English, but also math and functional life-skill literacy a person cannot adequately obtain employment, drive a car, read a Bible, excel in bettering ones mental health or fully read substance abuse literature to help sobriety. Also, the special little valuable moments and lessons are lost for the functionally illiterate. Thank you Literacy Connections!
Book Buddies is a very effective, one on one reading support program for elementary school age children who need a little extra help.
This a fantastic organization. They put books in the hands of kids who struggle with reading and offer them support. What's better than that? In addition, Judy C was positive, organized and helped make made my experience a memorable one.
I have been a book buddy since the spring. As a former reading and literacy teacher, I feel very comfortable in this program. Judy gives all volunteers the help they need. The classroom teacher with whom I work at times feels overwhelmed by the needs of the first graders in this extremely needy school. She and I have developed a good collaboration which I hope will continue next year. I am loving working with students one on one, and I feel the students really enjoy the extra attention they so need. I recommend more people get involved in this wonderful program that makes a difference in kids' lives. Muriel
I had 3 Book Buddies this year - 2 girls and 1 boy. They were all in the 2nd grade. Two of the three are going into 3rd grade but one of the girls came into the school year without reading. By the end of this school year, she was reading very tentatively but at least reading simple words. I think it will click for her the next school year. We had a wonderful time and we always started our time together by reading. This also went for my first student - a young man who read quite well and always brought his classroom book with him. After reading, we then played a game and they roared with laughter when they won. It was a fantastic year!
I learned about Literacy Connections from an article in a local newspaper here in the Hudson Valley. After contacting Judy Connolly I was assigned to an elementary school in Poughkeepsie. Judy was very thorough in briefing me on how to work with the two 4th grade boys assigned to me, and was always available via telephone and email for questions and advice. One child, J, was clearly very intelligent and was fun to work with. Sadly, he began to experience attendance and discipline issues, but in the time I worked with him he was attentive and cooperative. I believe he found our one-on-one sessions helpful reinforcement of his worth. The other child, G, after enjoying working with him for a year, asked, supported by his mother and his teacher, if he could work with me again in 5th grade even though normally Literacy Connections reaches only as far as 4th grade. His request was granted. I enjoyed him occasionally telling me of his grand ambitions in life. Again, as with J, I believe he felt valued. The other child, H, was an extremely hesitant reader and interestingly, often unable to read out loud short words, but regularly read longer words with confidence. His attention span was very limited, so I tossed the prescribed books and bought a project book of cardboard models to be propelled by a balloon, such as a rocket, a helicopter, and a race car. The rule was that he was rarely allowed to view the construction illustrations, but had to read the written instructions. He completed all 5 models and over time his reading became much more fluent. His teacher told me he was no longer hesitant to read out loud in class. Aside from helping improve a child's reading skills, I believe the program gives the student greater confidence in his own worth. That, in my opinion, is a very worthwhile outcome.