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Making the Grade: Read 2 Learn

Sometimes, reading can be a little scary. But not for these second graders.
Sometimes, reading can be a little scary.

But not for these second graders at Sam Houston Elementary who take part in
the Read 2 Learn program.

It's a new program started this year by the Wichita Falls ISD geared to
boosting children's reading skills before they finish the third grade.

"He really likes the books. He's really improving in his reading. He's getting
a little bit faster and faster every time," says Luis madrigal, a Read 2 Learn
mentor.

Mentors are usually high school or college students and they volunteer twenty
to thirty minutes of their time each week.

"My buddy Armand over here. He's uh. He's my partner for the reading program.
And so I really enjoy him. Seeing him every week," says Christian Alcala,
Read 2 mentor.

While reading is the focus, Read 2 Learn also serves as a mentoring program.

"It gives them somebody to talk to that's not necessarily their teacher
and it's more like their friend. And you are still there to help them to read
and to teach them. But, just letting them know that you are there to not only
just help them but there for them and to listen to what they are saying," says
Emily Cernosek, Read 2 Learn mentor.

Children who do not have a firm grasp on reading by the time they leave second
grade tend to struggle through their school years.

Read 2 Learn takes a one-on-one approach with each student, allowing them to
sound out words and put sentences together.

Students are also asked questions about the books they finish to test their
comprehension.

And while reading can quite literally be a little scary sometimes, these second
graders aren't afraid to face their fears.

Read to learn is still looking for volunteers.

If you'd like to help out call the Partners in Education(pie)office at
940-235-1009.
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