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Letter: Children thrive with help of volunteers

Tom Martin

While we are waiting for Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to determine a way to provide their much ballyhooed reading improvement program without having to actually ask someone to pay for it, would you like an opportunity to help a young child increase their reading skills and develop a love for reading?

This past school year five second-graders at Hoover Elementary increased their reading level by an average of five levels and their words per minute by an average of 57.2. Besides their regular reading classes they received 20 minutes a week of uninterrupted volunteer assistance with their reading. As I have tried to explain, unsuccessfully, to the pooh-bahs in Des Moines, this is the best bang for the buck in reading assistance.

If you would like to join me as a volunteer in this valuable and extremely rewarding activity known as “Rock and Read Program,” please contact:

Rosemary Schwartz, RSVP director, Elder Services, Inc., 1556 S. First Ave, Iowa City, Iowa 52240; email at rschwartz@elderservicesinc.com; or call (319) 338-0515.

In one hour a week you can make a huge difference in the lives of five children.

Tom Martin

Iowa City

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