This is a community-based intervention program for elementary school age who are reading below grade level. It is offered during the summer, at no charge to qualifying families. RRSC recruits volunteer tutors who learn to use Words Their Way, a curriculum shown to be effective with struggling readers. The training of supervisors, coaches and volunteers is guided by ISU Professor Dr. Donald Bear, a renowned expert in reading interventions.
Summer Reading Buddies sites are located throughout Ames to ensure that families living in different areas of the city have access to this program.