The I Can Read program is hosting a reading trail for second grade students at each USD 490 elementary school one day per week through the end of the school year.
Typically, struggling second grade readers are paired with a volunteer for some extra one-on-one reading practice. Since visitors are not allowed in the buildings this year due to the pandemic, Volunteer Coordinator Staci Rickard revamped the program so these second graders can still receive additional reading support.
“My hope is to continue the I Can Read program in a revised version for this school year in order to do our best for our students and community,” Rickard said.
Each week, a different book will be featured on a reading trail and volunteers will serve as guides through the story as they help students work on reading skills. There are 14 two-sided reading display stands. Each stand has a different page from the story along with activities that reinforce sight words, build comprehension, and allow them to work on fluency, expression, and pronunciation.
The text is large enough to allow the volunteer and student to socially distance while reading the panel and they will continue to follow school health and safety protocols.
The reading trail will be set up at Grandview on Tuesdays, Skelly on Wednesdays, and Blackmore on Thursdays, weather permitting. The first book was “Flap Your Wings and Try” by Charlotte Pomerantz.
Special THANK YOU to the El Dorado YMCA for lending their reading display stands to the I Can Read program.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the reading trails, please contact Staci Rickard at firstname.lastname@example.org.