Group seeks reading tutors

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

Just a little bit of help from tutors can go a long way to help kids with their reading.
Jump Start Reading has started another round of volunteer training as the Community In Schools  of High Point celebrates National Mentoring Month in January and Thank Your Mentor Day at their 10 High Point affiliated schools. 
The heart of  CIS is the volunteers – mentors who provide a caring adult relationship for their students.  Volunteers serve as mentors, breakfast and lunch buddies and tutors. CIS wants 200 volunteers like Joanne Morrissey who is in her second year of volunteering  as a Reading Buddy at Montlieu and Fairview Elementary schools. 
“It is a rewarding an enjoyable experience to work with my reading buddies, the one on one time motivates them and I get to see the progress they are making. They constantly challenge me,” she said.
Morrissey is a positive role model who faithfully comes weekly to work on reading with her student.  She sets a good example about keeping our community safe and giving back to help others in need.  CIS appreciates Morrissey and the more than 500 CIS volunteers that make a difference in student’s lives, said Catherine Niebauer, CIS director of volunteers.
More than 200 students have already been identified in 3rd and 4th grade as candidates who are not currently reading at grade level and would benefit from the Jump Start Reading program. By donating an hour a week from February to May, volunteers can help the students improve their reading skills, comprehension and practice testing taking.  CIS measures two things: if a student moves to grade level in reading and if the student shows improvement on test scores from pre-testing to post testing. 
Jump Start Reading began as a collaborative effort by Communities In Schools of High Point, Guilford County Schools, the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater High Point, and the Community Foundation. 

Jump Start Training

Jan.  22: 11 a.m. -12 p.m., First United Methodist Church;   7- 8 p.m., Community Bible Church. 
Jan. 23: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 6:45 - 7:45 p.m., Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  
Jan. 24:  10 - 11 a.m., City of High Point.
CIS Participating Schools: Allen Jay, Fairview, Montlieu, Northwood, Parkview, Oak View, Shadybrook and Union Hill.