Throughout Davis County adults are returning to elementary school. They are entering the school as volunteers willing to share an hour listening to children read. Their goal is to improve reading and comprehension skills – vital skills needed to succeed in life.
Testing indicates that the encouragement and extra attention children receive from volunteers aids them in reaching, maintaining, and improving grade level skills.
As a society we must be continually concerned about improving the well-being of youth in order to foster positive developmental paths among future generations.
“We must make a concerted effort to increase the percentage of children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, during his State of the State Address in January 2012. “Students must learn to read in order to be able to read to learn, and when we fail to invest in our youngest students, we are forced to spend money on remediation for the remainder of their academic careers.”
One hour of volunteer time can generate a positive path for local youth through a coordinated curriculum with educators. But volunteers are the vital ingredient of the success strategy.
A local agency, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has partnered with Davis County elementary schools in connecting adults aged 55+ with placement as literacy volunteers. The benefits provided by RSVP include supplemental personal injury protection, liability coverage, and a small mileage reimbursement. All age-eligible school volunteers may gain access to RSVP’s benefits at no cost. Contact Davis County’s RSVP office by calling (801) 525-5094 to become a literacy volunteer or for additional information.