By Viki Bowman
School is back in session. For some children, returning to the classroom is a joyful time: reconnecting with friends, participating in activities, and learning new things.
For others, the return may not be as pleasant. Academic challenges can leave a child feeling inferior to his or her classmates when skills drop below grade level standards. Overwhelmed teachers may not have extra time to focus on a student’s individual academic success. This is where a caring adult giving one hour a week can make a difference by helping boost academic achievement and putting young people on track for a bright future. Reading encouragement volunteers share one to two hours a week listening to children read under the direction of the child’s teacher.
Volunteers through RSVP enjoy flexibility in the days served, supplemental insurance coverage for additional protection while volunteering, a small mileage reimbursement for traveling to and from the school, recognition, and proven direct results demonstrating how value time is making a difference.
Davis County RSVP is a federally funded program, locally sponsored by Davis County Senior Services. The program assists those 55-plus with volunteer placement in community enhancing activities throughout the county.
Literacy, school readiness, and educational success are key focus areas of RSVP. Our goal is to recruit 10 to 15 volunteers in at least 30 elementary schools.
Please help a child succeed by becoming a Reading Volunteer. Call RSVP at (801) 525-5094 or (801) 525-5052 or visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/rsvp.