Raising Readers in Story County

Harrison Barnes Reading Academy-Summer Reading Buddies


What a great summer of Reading Buddies in 2018! We had 136 children, 120 volunteers, 10 site supervisors, 9 sites in Ames, Nevada, and Huxley, and so much support from the community, our RRSC families, RRSC staff and board, and families who made literacy a priority. The children who participated read 87,338 minutes between June 11 and July 26. Dates for the 2019 program will be announced this winter and registration will begin in February. 

The 2018 program was supported by the Harrison and Brittany Barnes Foundation, ASSET, Up and Running Software, and the City of Nevada.

What is the Harrison Barnes Reading Academy-Summer Reading Buddies program?

Raising Readers in Story County coordinates a FREE 6-week summer tutoring program to promote literacy skills for children finishing kindergarten through finishing 3rd grade who need a little extra help over the summer to maintain their literacy skills. Every child signed up will be paired with a trained reading tutor and will meet twice per week to receive personalized reading sessions. These 45 minutes sessions are held at convenient, supervised sites. Supported by Ames High grad and current Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, children in the program will also receive a free Harrison Barnes Reading Academy t-shirt for participating as well as a new book at the end of the program. 

Children MUST have completed Kindergarten to participate.

Summer 2018 sites were located in Ames, Nevada, and Huxley.

When is Summer Reading Buddies?

The 2018 Summer Reading Buddies program began on Monday, June 11 and run through Thursday, July 26, with a week off July 2-5. The 2019 program dates will be announced this winter.

Who Can Sign Up?

Parents/Caregivers can submit an application for their child who has completed kindergarten through those who finished 3rd grade in May/June 2019. 

How do I get involved?

Volunteers can submit an application to volunteer and a background check will be conducted. Volunteer orientation will take place prior to the start date.

How Much Does It Cost?

Summer Reading Buddies is completely FREE to all participants! Reading tutors volunteer their time and services to provide literacy support at no cost to the student.

Are Reading Buddies Trained?

Reading tutors are trained with a literacy curriculum developed with the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic at Iowa State University. The curriculum uses leveled books, word sorts, and other strategies to help children succeed at reading. 

How Often Do Tutors Meet With Students?

Tutors and students will meet twice per week. Each session is 45 minutes long. 

Where Does the Tutoring Take Place?

Reading tutoring is held at supervised sites in Ames, Nevada, and Huxley. A variety of sites allows us to offer the most convenience to parents/guardians in getting their child to tutoring sessions. There are morning, afternoon, and evening options.

Summer 2018 sites (2019 sites will be announced in February 2019)


ACPC (ACPC Summer Kids only) 9:00am, 10:15am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Ames Public Library (1:00pm, 2:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays)

Bethesda Lutheran Church (evening) 5:30pm, 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Boys & Girls Club (members only) 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

First United Methodist Church 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Trinity Christian Reformed Church 9:00am, 10:00am Tuesdays and Thursdays


First United Methodist Church 1:15pm, 2:15pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Story County Medical Center (evening) 5:30pm, 6:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays


Huxley Public Library 1:00pm, 2:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Huxley Public Library (evening) 5:15pm, 6:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

© 2019 Raising Readers in Story County. All Rights Reserved.