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Developing successful students

By Katharine Calabro - kcalabro@ftimes.com

On Oct. 24, the Community Reads Program will be taking volunteers to Green Meadows Elementary to read to students.

Twice a year, the reading program promotes literacy with elementary students at Suncrest, Green Meadows and Blue Ridge Elementary schools during fall and spring.

The United Way program, supported by the Frankfort Community Public Library, strives to make reading part of a child’s everyday life.

Family Literacy Coordinator Maria Lopez said everything she’s read suggests if you read to your child for at least 20 minutes per day, it can increase their academic skills.

“Kids who read 20 minutes a day will graduate high school and more than likely pursue a college degree,” she said.

Although the goal is to promote reading among young children, Lopez said she wants students to see the fun it it so they are motivated to make it into an everyday activity.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Green Meadows Elementary will have one volunteer in each classroom. The volunteer readers will visit 18 classrooms total, and read for 30 minutes.

Lopez selects books appropriate for grade level and will bring around 50 books. This way, volunteers have a wide selection.

“We bring all kinds of books from non-fiction to graphic novels,” she said.

Among the different choices, volunteers can also bring stories they want to share with students that they read when they were that age. Lopez also bring books for pertaining to the holiday approaching, but she wants her volunteers to read whatever they feel most comfortable with.

The next reading program scheduled will be at Suncrest Elementary on Nov. 5 and 6. Lopez said this is the first time they are splitting the session into two days because volunteers will be visiting around 30 classrooms.

“It’s hard to get around 40 volunteers,” she said, “We have many volunteers who are so faithful to the program, but there is always room for more.”

For information on volunteering in the reading program, Lopez can be contacted through the FCPL.