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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

Pekin elementary seeking volunteers

Sep 04, 2014

PACKWOOD — Pekin Elementary School officials are looking for volunteers again this year to work with kindergartners through second-graders who need a little extra attention.

Volunteers in the Friends of Education program will read to a child or have a child read to them, play an educational game or help put together a puzzle.

The looking and listening activities help children develop and build language skills, which forms a solid foundation for later school success. The goal is to help the children realize their own self worth.

Volunteers, called Popcorn Readers, also are needed to listen to first-grade children read.

Reading aloud expands a child’s vocabulary and is a way to share the joy of and create a love for reading. School officials say the child who develops a love for reading gains a lifelong desire to read and learn.

Being a volunteer is a wonderful way to help the children in our community,” said Michelle Glosser, Title 1 reading teacher.

Both Friends of Education and Popcorn Readers begin the first part of October and continue through April.

To participate in either program, contact Glosser at Pekin Elementary School by calling 319-695-3707 or 641-661-2351 or leave a message with the elementary secretary Diane Parcell.

“Please let us know which program you would be interested in, and we will contact you with further information,” said Glosser.

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