The CIS Reading Buddies program is designed to help second grade students at Aberdeen Primary School and Southern Pines Primary School improve their reading skills. Through the use of trained volunteers, CIS Reading Buddies provides students an opportunity to reinforce the literacy skills they learn through the approved literacy curriculum.
To prepare volunteers for their Reading Buddies assignment, they will complete in-service training, which will provide them a “tool kit” of skills synchronized with existing curriculum to bring to the classroom. In addition, volunteers will receive orientation to school expectations and Moore County Schools’ policies and procedures.
Volunteers will work with the second grade classroom teachers during the literacy or intervention blocks of instruction. Students, divided into small groups by teachers, will practice and develop mastery of the skills. The classroom teacher will direct individual students or small student groups to work with their Reading Buddies volunteer. The improvement of comprehension skills will be emphasized during the small group or individual activities.
Evaluation of the program will be ongoing throughout the school year. Student and teacher assessments along with overall student achievement scores will be used as variables for the evaluation process. Student achievement data will be provided by Moore County Schools.
Initial CIS Reading Buddies Training Completed
The first orientation/training session for the CIS Reading Buddies program was held at Southern Pines Primary School on October 23 for nine volunteers. The Reading Buddies will devote one hour per week to tutor students at Aberdeen and Southern Pines Primary Schools. Five of the volunteers will begin working with second grade students at Aberdeen Primary during the last week of October.
Reading Buddies will be assigned individual students or small groups of students who need additional help with literacy skills. The training provides some specific tools for Reading Buddies to use with their students.
Additional training dates are being scheduled. Please contact Robin Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to serve as a Reading Buddies volunteer. Click here to go to our website!