University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Reading Partners: Share the Joy of Reading with a Child!

15 hours

Community partner: Reading Partners - ECASD
Supervisor: Jane Ann Rockwell
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Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer "The volunteer is required to bring a variety of literature, and/or literacy related games and activities (available from the program coordinator), to the assigned reading partner's home after school or in the early evening for approximately 1.5 hours per week. In some instances, the meeting can be arranged at the child's school over lunch and recess. The assigned reading partner is usually an elementary student from a Title I designated elementary school in the Eau Claire Area School District who has been referred by an instructor or specialist, due to the need for reading comprehension or fluency improvement. There are some children, however, who simply want to have more reading opportunities! (Needed materials can be found in the Resource Center located in Centennial Hall). Partners provide various kinds of reading experiences, helping individuals build their background knowledge, increase comprehension of what they are reading, and foster joy and a feeling of success in reading. This project can be a 15 or 30 hour project."


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer The mission of the Reading Partner Program is to foster the joy of reading while also improving reading comprehension and fluency skills. A secondary mission is to provide a variety of reading materials to children in low-income households.


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Volunteers must love reading and be willing to serve as a model for a child's reading. They must also be organized and dependable so that they are able to meet consistently with a young person on a regular basis. Volunteers must also be willing to provide their own transportation, or be willing to carpool or take the city bus.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer "The objectives of this program are: - Sharing the joy of reading with a child - Assisting a young person in building background knowledge, learning new vocabulary words, and improving reading comprehension. - Developing the habit of making a commitment to the local community - Meeting the service learning requirements necessary for graduation from UW-Eau Claire"


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer "A volunteer must be able to commit to regular weekly sessions with the child matched with. There is always a lengthy list of children from the school district waiting to be matched with a volunteer reading partner. A volunteer could attend a brief orientation and begin the assignment as soon as a necessary background check is cleared by the school district. Volunteers can start at any point during the semester, although there are many children available closer to the start of the semester."


Additional information (not required).
Answer "The Coordinator for the Reading Partnership Program has many materials available for use by the volunteers in their partnership experience. These materials are readily available on the UWEC campus (3rd floor of Centennial Hall) and are easily accessible for checkout. Additionally, children's materials can be checked out from the basement level of McIntyre Library. The Coordinator for this program has an office on the 3rd floor of Centennial Hall and is available for assistance as needed."