Classroom readers needed

  Students and teachers in elementary schools in Duncan are busy with the start of a new school year, but they could use a little help.

  More volunteers in the Readers & Leaders program, coordinated by the United Way of Stephens County, are needed in the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classes.

  The classroom helpers read once a week for 30 minutes to full classes, small groups or individuals, providing a pathway for students in the development of listening, speaking and comprehension skills, modeling a joy of reading and enthusiasm for learning.

  “It is an amazing program. I am so thankful for the volunteers that take time to spend with our students!, Brandy Peters, Principal at Plato Elementary said.

  “Our readers are special people and it means a lot to the kids to have that special adult share books with them. They look forward to each opportunity.

  “We’ve also seen wonderful smiles on the faces of our readers as well. They feed off the excitement, establish relationships and share in a fun time, Phyllis Richie, former coordinator of the program said.

  “Nothing,” she continued, “is more important than a child’s ability to read and to communicate and nothing is more rewarding than to know you, as a mentor, had a role in the students’ development.”

  Historically, readers are individuals and retirees,  but businesses, service, civic and study clubs, and church groups can also adopt a classroom for the year.

  For additional information, contact the United Way office at or call (580) 255-3648.