READING BUDDIES

Spirit Lake – TBD

Harris-Lake Park meets the 1st Tuesday of the month beginning Dec. 3 from 12:10-12:40pm

Okoboji meets the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning Dec. 12 from 12-12:30pm

Program Mission

Encourage good literacy skills in children. The volunteer becomes the listener and the audience as the child becomes the teller of the story. Reading Buddies connects the child to one more caring adult in their community.

Program Summary

The program matches people from the community with TK or Kindergarten students attending Okoboji, Harris-Lake Park, and Spirit Lake schools. The books selected by ISU Extension Dickinson County. Reading Buddies is based on the Raising Readers/Storypals program, which implements the Dialogic Reading Method. Each month the students receive from their buddy a book, school supply, and an activity to complete at home with a family member.

Program Guidelines

Commitment: 30 minutes once a month for six months during the school year.

All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, pass a background check, complete an online child abuse training, and first time volunteers must attend a face to face training about the Dialogic Reading Method.

Volunteers must meet and sign in at the school office before each visit. All buddies will walk together to the classroom. Please be at the office five minutes before the set meeting time.

Buddies can only meet with their student in the classroom.

Click here to fill out a volunteer application

Program Schedule: December to May

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact Paula Edwards at 712-336-9622 or 712-260-8320 or paula.edwards@okobojiymca.com for more information.