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Do you have an hour a week to read with a child at Westshire Elementary?
Everybody Wins! Vermont is a state-wide non-profit children's mentoring organization. Adults from the community come to school and read books with students one hour a week while school is in session. The ages range between 1st and 5th grades. We have several children on a waiting list for mentors, and not enough volunteers to go around!
The best part about our program is that it's simple... One student, one mentor, only one hour per week. It's a mentoring program, meant to build a child's own desire to read. It's not tutoring, and it's not discipline. It's simply a caring adult spending an hour with a child, and it's amazing the effects that such a simple program has. There are no expectations or tests, and it means so much to the students each week to just receive the undivided attention of an adult from the community.
Illiteracy is a real problem in America, and Vermont is no exception. Like most traits, a love of reading and contextual understanding takes root most readily while children are still young. This program is our way of increasing children's prospects for success in school and beyond.
These programs have had wonderful results; we just need more mentors so that we can reach out to more children as soon as possible.
We Need Your Help!
For more information or for an application to be a mentor, visit the website: www.ewvt.org, email email@example.com, or call 802-229-BOOK (2665).