Reading Buddies make their way into grades 1-2 in Lake, Porter counties

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News, Community News & People in the News

Published on September 27, 2017 with No Comments

The United Way Reading Buddies regional literacy program kicked off its 2017-18 school year program recently by delivering more than 3,900 stuffed animal buddies to 160 first- and second-grade classrooms in Lake and Porter counties.

In conjunction with classroom instruction, Reading Buddies assist students improve oral fluency, achieve grade-level reading goals and build confidence in their reading skills.

“Last year, one of my students in particular had a very hard time trying to read coming into first grade,” Jessica Calipari, first-grade teacher at Porter Lakes Elementary School. “He read with his buddy every day in a quiet space underneath his desk. This particular boy flourished throughout the year. By the end of the year, he was reading chapter books!”

 Sponsored by Attorney Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, more than 20 volunteers joined in the efforts to prepare buddies for delivery.

“We are extremely pleased to fund this valuable program again this year. There is no more important element to our society than quality education, and literacy,” said Allen. “We are honored to sponsor the Reading Buddies program.”

On Sept. 20, Allen assisted in the delivery to Central Elementary in Portage and Beiriger Elementary in Griffith. Reading Buddie’ delivery was made possible  by Two Men & a Truck of Valparaiso, Valparaiso University girls’ softball team and First Methodist Church.

For more information about the Reading Buddies program, visit UnitedWayPC.org.

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