Darien’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) has just set the dates for a new session of the Reading Buddy Program. The program, now in its fourth year, is seeking both older buddies (ages 13 and up) and younger buddies (elementary aged students, first grade and up).
The group will meet once a week on Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the Darien Library. Dates: March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27 and April 3. Buddies must commit to all dates.
What is a Reading Buddy Program? It’s older kids (“Big Reading Buddies”) paired with younger kids (“Little Reading Buddies”) for one-to-one reading time. Research has shown that academic performance, motivation to read, reading skills, and self-confidence are all gained through participation in these programs. Either buddy can require support; in fact this program is perfect for a teen who is struggling with reading
This is a wonderful community activity that promises to benefit the older buddies just as much as the younger. For program information or to sign up, contact Lynne Andren, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st.