Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy starting reading program in Creston schools

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This year, the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is partnering with several Creston area elementary schools to offer the One to One children’s reading program. The program trains volunteers to work one-on-one with children who are struggling with some aspect of their reading. All tutoring is done at the school during regular school hours. A three-hour training session in basic reading strategies is required.

The children are chosen to participate in the program by their teachers (with permission from parents), are in grades 1-7, and are either struggling in one or more aspects of their reading or are reluctant readers. Each child receives one-on-one tutoring for 30 minutes three or four times per week for eight or more weeks to practice and improve their reading.

Parent and community volunteers are needed at each school to support the students. The volunteer commitment is one and a half hours one morning or afternoon a week for eight to 10 weeks.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Creston community literacy co-ordinator Joan Hedstrom at 250-435-0388 or