Community Reading Project
KCSOS has announced that volunteers are now being sought for the annual Kern County Community Reading Project
KCSOS’s Community Reading Project, which is partially funded by United Way of Kern County, recruits and trains community members to become reading coaches for local second grade students.
“The program is a perfect opportunity for community members who would like to make a positive impact in the lives of young students who are experiences difficulties,” said Teresa Twisselman, coordinator English/Language Arts at KCSOS. “One hour a week is all it takes to help four children become successful readers.”
Volunteers attend a two-hour training session to learn the guided reading technique, then commit one hour, one day a week for at least one semester. Semesters run September to December and January to May. During each visit, a volunteer coaches four students individually for 15 minutes. A different volunteer is in the classroom every day, assuring daily-guided practice for the selected students.
The project began in 1999 with a pilot program, which placed employees of The Bakersfield Californian in classrooms in the Bakersfield City School District. The project was later expanded to include more than 200 community volunteers and more than 20 school sites.
In the spring semester 2014, 22 schools participated. 195 students made an average growth of 7.7 months as measured using the Slosson Oral Reading Test. In four schools that tested control group students (similar demographics but non-participants), the participating students averaged 8.9 months growth compared to 4.2 months average progress made by the control group.
Those interested in volunteering during the fall semester can choose between any of three training sessions: Wed., Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Sept. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All trainings take place at City Centre, 1300 17th Street in downtown Bakersfield. No pre-registration is necessary.
For more information, please contact Teresa Twisselman, coordinator English/Language Arts, at (661) 636-4645.