Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As summer kicks off for students, Garver employees reflect on the impact they may have had as a reading volunteer this past school year. Garver employees encouraged literacy at Crystal Hill Elementary Magnet School by volunteering with the AR Kids Read program. According to the program website, studies show that nearly a third of Central Arkansas 3rd graders are reading below grade-level. Through one-hour weekly sessions, volunteer tutors helped students increase their reading and comprehension skills.
“This mentoring program created a smaller, more personal environment for the students,” said Garver Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Foster. “It also provided an opportunity to showcase their comprehensive skills by sharing a summary of what they had read.”
Garver Project Manager Robert Sunta also enjoyed his volunteering time. “I think all of us can identify with how important reading is and how it makes learning so accessible.” Employees look forward to resuming their volunteer commitment in the fall with AR Kids Read.