This past Monday I attended the first session of my READ buddy program. The READ buddy is a volunteer initiative that helps children in the first and second grade practice reading. It is supposed to encourage reading for fun and not just for school.
Morley Elementary where I am assigned for the program is about 10 minutes from my job. I arrived a little early the first time to be instructed by the reading teacher. The kids at the school are lucky because there is actually a reading room. Other schools from what I have heard the kid and the mentor have to sit in the hallway when they are reading time.
I go every other week, which means I have a partner so we switch off. We are assigned 2 first graders. One is a little shy and is a little behind in reading skills but he is eager to read. The second one is very friendly and seems full of energy and is reading a little more advanced. I think they will enjoy some puzzles or word soups that I am going to do over the weekend for them. It is supposed to be a fun time for them, so games related to reading are allowed. I feel good by doing this like I am giving back to the community. This is one of the things that make me extremely happy about working at the company. They promote and fund all kind of community initiatives. So do any of you do any volunteer work? Does your company allow you to use their time to serve your commuity?