YOU Can Help Children Learn To Read

The SIMHS is once again offering free training for its School Reading Volunteer Program, and you are invited to become a member of this unique volunteer corps that helps students in grades 1 through 5 learn to read.

Free training for new reading volunteers will be held on Tuesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day, at SIMHS headquarters, 669 Castleton Avenue, Building A.

The training course will be repeated on Tuesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 1, same time and location.

New volunteers are required to attend either of the two-day sessions.

The program is now entering its 58th year of service. Last year, our 200 tutors gave more than 17,000 hours of service assisting 650 children in 30 Island public elementary schools.

Volunteers are trained by a reading teacher, who introduces them to a variety of interactive techniques, including reading together, telling stories, playing educational games, solving puzzles, discussing books of special interest, and writing prose and poetry, to help children learn both the basics and the joy of reading.
After training, each volunteer selects a participating school, where he or she will spend about four hours per week tutoring youngsters with reading problems. Because most of the tutoring sessions are one-to-one, reading volunteers often form strong bonds of friendship and trust with the children.

Reading volunteers must be high school graduates at least 18 years old. They should be in good health, be able to make a commitment to tutor for the entire school term, and should have patience and concern for children.

SIMHS President/CEO Fern A. Zagor said, “We cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of this program. Hundreds of children are waiting for you to help them open their books and open their minds. It is essential to provide reading help to every child who needs it. The more you give to these children, the more satisfaction you will receive, and the children will remember you for a lifetime.”

For more information or to register for training, call (718) 442-2225, Ext. 304.