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Volunteer reading tutors needed at Lamarque Elem., training on Dec. 19

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Wilkinson Elem reading tutor and student Nov 2017

LAMARQUE ELEMENTARY NEEDS YOU: Sarasota County Schools volunteer Sandy Krawetz, at right, is a reading tutor for Wilkinson Elementary student Mathias Temple. Volunteer reading tutors are needed for two programs beginning soon at Lamarque Elementary in North Port.

NORTH PORT, Dec. 8, 2017 – Volunteer reading tutors are needed for two reading programs that will be starting January 2018 at Lamarque Elementary School in North Port. No experience is required; just a love of reading and helping children learn. There will be a volunteer training held for both programs Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the school, 3415 Lamarque Ave., North Port. 

The two reading tutor programs launching at Lamarque Elementary are Rockin’ Readers and Reading Pals. The training session for Reading Pals is 9:30-11 a.m. The training session for Rockin’ Readers is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Reading Pals is a third-grade program designed to give students the extra push to reach their full potential and read on grade level by integrating the classroom text into the tutoring session conducted by the volunteer. Rockin’ Readers is a program in which volunteers read to kindergarten students who need assistance with building word awareness and vocabulary.

Volunteer tutors will work with the same two students one-on-one each week for 30 minutes per student, totaling one hour of tutoring per week.

“Reading Pals and Rockin’ Readers give students the reading confidence they need to succeed in the classroom,” said Sarasota County Schools Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator Lyndsey Cantees. “Many students are not getting outside reading help, so as a district and community we want to make sure we are doing everything in our power to help them reach their full potential as readers. Thirty minutes of focused reading practice a week makes an enormous impact on a child’s life inside and outside of the classroom.”

Anyone who would like to register for a training session or learn more about the reading programs may contact the district’s Volunteer and Partnership Office at 941-927-9000, ext. 31500, or via e-mail

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