Raising Readers in Story County

Harrison Barnes Reading Academy-Summer Reading Buddies


Raising Readers in Story County coordinates a FREE 6-week summer tutoring program to promote literacy skills for children who need a little extra help over the summer. Students must have completed kindergarten through 3rd grade. Each child will be paired with a trained volunteer tutor. They will meet twice per week for personalized reading sessions to help maintain summer literacy skills. These 45 minutes sessions are held at convenient, supervised sites. Children in the program receive a free Harrison Barnes Reading Academy t-shirt, a lending library book bag, and a gift book at the end of the program. This program is supported by Ames High grad and current Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes.

Frequently Asked Questions 

The 2019 Summer Reading Buddies program has concluded. Congratulations to all of the students who collectively read 98,452 minutes over the course of the six week program!

Summer 2019 sites ran from June 10, 2019 through July 25, 2019.


Frequently Asked Questions

When is Summer Reading Buddies?

The 2019 Summer Reading Buddies program begins Monday, June 10 and will run through Thursday, July 25, with a week off July 1-5. 

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. If you are signing your child up for Reading Buddies, consider participating in the program as well. Parents make great volunteers!

Volunteer Registration Form - Summer 2019

How Much Does It Cost?

Summer Reading Buddies provides literacy support completely FREE to all participants! 

Are Reading Buddies Trained?

Volunteer tutors are trained with a literacy curriculum developed with the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic at Iowa State University that includes leveled books, word sorts, and other strategies. 

How Often Do Tutors Meet With Students?

Tutors and students meet twice per week for 45 minutes. 

Where Does the Tutoring Take Place?

Reading Buddies 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.



The 2019 Summer Reading Buddies program is supported by the Harrison and Brittany Barnes Foundation, ASSET, and the City of Nevada.

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