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The Telegram
  • America Reads mentors help children read

  • Some students at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School are reading better thanks to the America Reads program.

    Children, mentors and parents gathered at the school Wednesday afternoon to mark the conclusion of this year’s program with a presentation and reception.

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  • Some students at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School are reading better thanks to the America Reads program.
    Children, mentors and parents gathered at the school Wednesday afternoon to mark the conclusion of this year’s program with a presentation and reception.
    America Reads is an after school program that helps first and second graders referred to the program to improve their reading skills with the help of a mentor, who works one on one with the children, according to Lucille Hand, program coordinator. The program also helps to build the children’s self-esteem, she said, adding, “Some of them are so shy when they first start.” Working one on one with an interested adult who compliments and encourages them results in higher self-esteem, better reading skills and, later, higher test scores.
    Fourteen students participated in this year’s program. The children and mentors were presented with certificates and gifts.
    Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary Principal Joyce Dayton thanked the mentors, teachers and parents and called reading “a gift that goes on forever.”
    She said the mentors helped the children improve their ability to read and their enjoyment of reading. She thanked the parents for providing transportation following the after-school sessions.
    The program helped give the students “positive memories about school and books,” Dayton said. “Because of your gift and your caring and your time, our children are going to be better readers.”
    She praised Hand, noting the retired teacher still enjoys teaching children.
    Many of the tutors, including Hand, are volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities in Herkimer County.
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers seniors, 55 years of age and older, the opportunity to share their talents, interests and compassion through service to their communities. RSVP volunteers work as transporters, tutors, crisis volunteers, clerical assistants, meal servers, library aides, crafters, fundraisers, hotline volunteers and more.
    Anyone interested in learning more about the program may contact Catholic Charities at 894-9917 and ask for Lydia Sexton.
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