Literacy Program Mentor Application Deadline Extended

By Whitney Green
Lemke Newsroom

The Volunteer Action Center has extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Tuesday to be a mentor in the Literacy Program. They are 80 volunteers short of meeting the goal for 200 student volunteers, said chairwoman of the Volunteer Action Center Literacy Program, Autumn Lewis.

Students commit to one semester of reading with a child for one hour weekly beginning Sept. 24. Reading groups will be from 3:30 to 4:30 Monday-Thursday at various Fayetteville elementary schools.

This is the Literacy Program’s third year working with the Boys & Girls Club’s after school programs with the goal of fostering a love of reading and improving literacy among grade school students, according to the VAC website.

“We’re restructuring the program this year with more focus on the mentoring,” Lewis said. “We’re encouraging students to spend half of the time reading together and the other half playing outside or just talking. It’s a one hour a week commitment, but you really bring a lot of change to the lives of these kids.”

Schools selected for this program have the highest poverty level in Washington County according to the number of students in their free and reduced lunch programs, Lewis said.

The Literacy Program is committed to more than just reading. Being a role model for a young child is just as important.

“We don’t know what their home life is like. They may not have as many positive role models in their life,” Lewis said. “It really provides the opportunity for them to have someone they can depend on.”