Reading with Children for Lifetime Literacy


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6500 Clearfield StreetHarrisburg, PA 17111


There are currently two volunteer opportunities at ReadStrong Group: LUNCH BUDDIES - This is the flagship program of ReadStrong 2000. Lunch Buddies began with second graders at Rutherford Elementary School in the fall of 2012. This program pairs a volunteer reader with a student one day a week over the student’s lunch break. The student eats as the pair talks about the week. The volunteer reader may begin to read to the student as the student completes his/her lunch. When the student finishes with lunch, he or she becomes the reader, either reading the same book or another book on his/her reading level. Books are chosen by the students with direction from the volunteers. Volunteers are provided guidance and direction as well as some training in reading skills and development. TUTOR TIME - A new program in the works for the 2014-15 school year. ReadStrong 2000’s Tutor Time program will target students in kindergarten and first grade who need to develop additional phonologic skills in order to become successful readers. Using the school’s benchmarking data, and in conjunction with a school team, including a reading specialist, a counselor and the classroom teacher, students would be selected to participate in the Tutor Time program. These students would show need in one or more areas of reading instruction. Employing research based methods of assessment and evaluation to pinpoint specific areas of need, individual goals will be developed, by a professional educator, for each student identified for the program. Volunteers will be trained and guided in their tasks to gain the most impact within a one-on-one instructional setting. Students in grades K, 1 and 2 will be targeted for this intervention. (This age level was chosen for Tutoring in an attempt to develop skills before remediation is needed.) These students will be seen by a tutor three times a week during a period of classroom time that would not include any direct teacher instruction. (i.e. when the teacher is working with another reading group, or when the student would be involved in independent work time) The amount of time that a student would spend during each work period would be dependent on the student’s grade level and may be adapted depending on individual differences and needs (focus, concentration, etc.) Students would receive at least 20 minutes of instruction per day and not more than 40 minutes of instruction per day.


  • Reading Comprehension
  • General Education
  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • as little as 1 hour a week
  • Volunteers must be literate and enjoy working with young children.  They will need transportation to
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