Good Shepherd volunteers have been reading with students at Lake Harriet School for over a decade, in the Rocking Reader program developed by Plymouth Christian Youth Center, during the school year. The goals of the program are to build early literacy skills, an enjoyment of reading and a positive relationship with a caring adult.
Volunteers are paired with first grade children to provide them an opportunity for reading and conversation in one-to-one reading sessions within the school. Each volunteer commits to spending 1 hour per week reading with the same 6 children from October to May.
There have been two to four volunteers reading in two first grade classrooms, and another first grade teacher has requested Rocking Readers for her classroom. Volunteers are warmly welcomed, either to read on a weekly basis or to be available as an occasional substitute for one of the regular readers.
For more information on this program and its volunteer opportunities, please contact Karen Wilkinson, 952-983-0123.