LINDISFARNE Primary School has put out the call for volunteers to help its students enhance their reading and literacy skills at the weekly Reader’s Club on Tuesday mornings.
The Reader’s Club is held in the school’s library from 8:30am to 9am and allows any student to take in their home reader or favourite book and have an adult volunteer read with them.
“One of our school’s priorities is to improve students’ growth in reading, so what we want to be able to do is offer opportunities to students whose parents are a little bit too busy or they might not have access to lots of different literature at home,” Lindisfarne Primary School teacher Kel Innis said.
“We want to provide them with the opportunity to be able to read aloud to an adult and improve their literacy skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and to be able to hopefully improve their reading over time by gaining their confidence and exposing them to different sorts of literature and books in a really safe environment with adults who want to be there and listen to them read.”
Ms Innis said they were looking for volunteers to help the students, with there being a lot of benefits to both parties.
“Our staff between 8:30am and 9am are on duty, so they’re in the classrooms working with other students, so we don’t have enough adults in the school,” she said.
“The volunteers not only hear what they’re reading, but they also hear lots of stories about home, about school, and they ask them about their lives, so it’s a really nice understanding that they’re both there for different reasons, but they’re both getting something out of it.”
Ms Innis said the Reader’s Club volunteers were generally made up of parents and grandparents, but was encouraging more community members to join in.
“You don’t have to be an avid reader, you don’t have to have fantastic literacy skills, you just need to be able to listen and have the time to come in for half an hour each week and listen to the kids read – make their day,” she said.
“The adults that come into the school can also see what we are doing in the community – they can see our facilities and they can see the kids learning in their own environment.
“This is a great way for people to get their foot in the door and volunteer in our school.”