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News: 06/15/2019

Dunbar volunteer tutors sharpen kids’ reading skills

reading tutors with their students
From left to right: Tutors Karen Adelson, Archie Kinney, Louise Noble, Laurie Hake, Paul Fishman, and Quinn Pruett and their students. Not pictured: Tutors Elaine Booth and Marcia Murray.
The volunteer tutor reading program at Dunbar Elementary School successfully completed its second year and graduated 16 students on May 28. The students’ efforts were recognized in a ceremony held in the library where they received an “I Can Read!” certificate for their achievements. All the students involved in the program were presented with donated books to start their own libraries at home and to encourage reading while away from school.

The reading program was started by local resident Karen Adelson and now has eight volunteer tutors who meet with two students each once a week for 30 minutes. The results have been encouraging. Not only did the students improve their reading skills, but they also developed self-confidence as readers.

The dramatic change in the tutored students’ ability to read by the end of the school year has inspired Dunbar’s school principal Jillian Beall.

“Having community members dedicate their time to sharing their own love for reading has instilled the importance and power of literacy within our young scholars. As a school community, we are so grateful for the learning opportunities that having this program on our campus creates for our learners. Our tutors have done a tremendous job building positive rapport with our readers,” said Beall.

Would you like to become involved in the Dunbar reading tutoring program for first through third graders at the start of the new school year, or are you able to donate children’s books? If so, contact Adelson at, or 526-5657.

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