A group dedicated to improving literacy skills would like to see a few more adults volunteer to go “back to school.”
LIFE (“Literacy Is For Everyone”) has a Paired Reading programme that links a volunteer to a student who is learning to read or read better. LIFE Executive Director Marilyn Conolly says there are few or even no volunteers in some schools, such as Bodden Town, Clifton Hunter and East End; and every other school would appreciate extra help, as well.
“I guarantee you, there are more children who want to be read with than adults that we have to read with them,” she said, “So, please, it’s a half-hour of reading, an hour of your lunchtime, to share a love of reading with children.”
One of the volunteers is also a co-founder of LIFE, Woody Foster. Foster’s Food Fair is marking its 35th anniversary with a charitable giving programme throughout 2016 that allows customers to donate their change to a different worthy cause each month. LIFE is the January beneficiary of the programme.