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Posted April 10, 2013

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Reads Program Looking for Volunteers

The literacy program sponsored by APS and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to read to at-risk kindergarten students at four APS elementary schools.

For more information or to volunteer for the Reads Program, email abqreads@abqchamber.com or call 764-3730.

The Reads Program sponsored by Albuquerque Public Schools and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers.

For the past 10 years, the Reads Program has enlisted the help of volunteers to provide at-risk kindergarteners with tutoring three times a week. Participating elementary schools in Albuquerque include Atrisco, Bel-Air, Lavaland and Wherry.

The Reads Program recruits tutors from the business community who are willing to commit approximately one hour each week for a school year to tutor kindergarten students.

The program has four weeks left and needs volunteers to finish out the school year. The program also is recruiting for next school year.

Tutoring times are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week between 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., varying by school.

New tutors are required to shadow a more experienced tutor prior to being assigned to a student.

Each tutoring session lasts for a little more than an hour. Volunteers get a 10-minute overview before each session and then spend 30 minutes each with two students.

The tutors help students with reading, writing and skill development. The curriculum they use is customized for each student and aligned to the student’s abilities and current classroom curriculum.

For more information or to volunteer for the Reads Program, email abqreads@abqchamber.com or call 764-3730.

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