Community Volunteers Help Young Students Learn to Read

December 13, 2018
Mercury News (CA)

“Be sure to pause at the period,” Dawkins, 58, tells Aleena, whom she works with twice a week as part of Reading Partners, a Bay Area-based program that helps literacy-challenged students across the country master the reading skills they need to survive in school. “Each sentence has its own idea and if you don’t pause at the periods, all these ideas run together.” Now in its 20th year, Reading Partners works with thousands of students across the country, including 15 schools here in Silicon Valley. Dawkins is one of nearly 30 volunteers who come weekly to a brightly-lit converted classroom on this East San Jose campus, collaborating with regional staff and an on-site coordinator from the national service organization AmeriCorps on one common goal: to help 55 students this school year bring their reading skills up to their appropriate grade level.

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