Reading volunteers needed for local second grade students

Become a reading coach for kids

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Community Reading Project is looking for volunteers for the spring semester.

The project recruits and trains community members to become reading coaches for local second graders.

A study found that students who were not proficient in reading by the end of the third grade were four times as likely to drop out of high school. 

Roughly 300 volunteers are anticipated to help out at 27 schools. Volunteers attend a two-hour training session to learn the guided reading technique, then commit one hour, one day a week for at least one semester. During each visit, a volunteer coaches four students individually for 15 minutes. A different volunteer is in the classroom every day. 

Those interested in volunteering can choose between any three of the training sessions: 

  • Saturday, Jan. 6 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The training sessions will take place at City Centre located at 1300 17th Street in downtown Bakersfield, room 1B. No pre-registration is necessary.

For more information, contact Teresa Twisselman at (661) 636-4645.

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