Raising Readers in Story County

Harrison Barnes Reading Academy-Summer Reading Buddies





Raising Readers in Story County coordinates a FREE summer tutoring program to promote literacy skills to prevent the "summer slide". Students must have completed kindergarten through 3rd grade. Each child will be paired with a trained volunteer tutor. Students will meet virtually for personalized reading sessions to help maintain summer literacy skills. These 45 minute supervised Zoom sessions are held at convenient times. Children in the program receive 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

When is Summer Reading Buddies?

The 2021 Summer Reading Buddies program sites and times will be announced at a later date.

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 2021. 

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!

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 minute virtual sessions. 

Where Does the Tutoring Take Place?

Reading Buddies will held through supervised Zoom sessions. A variety of times 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 2021 Summer Reading Buddies program is funded by the Harrison and Brittany Barnes Foundation and ASSET.

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