Raising Readers in Story County

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a free out-of-school literacy development program that utilizes trained volunteer tutors to provide individualized reading support sessions for enrolled participants. Participant decoding skills are assessed at the beginning of the program cycle and prescribed lesson plans are developed to address demonstrated student skill deficits. In addition, each session contains a shared reading component to apply new reading skills as well as provide a positive shared reading experience for both student and volunteer.

Reading Buddies is offered to children who are entering first and second grades in the SPRING 2024. (Exceptions may be made for 3rd graders demonstrating a high need for decoding skills instruction.) These 45 minute sessions are held twice a week and supervised by RRSC site facilitators. 

Sessions begin the week of February 12, 2024, and run through the week of April 15, 2024.  Volunteer training occurs on the first day of the program without children present.  


Our programs meet at the Ames Public Library, Northminster Church in Ames, North Grand Mall in Ames and Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.  All sites are available to the general public. (Our ACPC participants will meet at Northminster Church, Ames Boys & Girls Club members will meet at North Grand Mall, and Nevada Boys & Girls Club members will meet at Memorial Lutheran Church.)

Enroll your student in Reading Buddies


Click here if you are interested in being a volunteer Reading Buddies tutor. 



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