Volunteers needed for Project MORE
A call has gone out for volunteers to help youngsters learn to read through the highly successful Project MORE.
Both Granby and Wilson Hill elementary schools are short 15 volunteers each, but each of the nine schools that rely on Project MORE could use additional help, according to Worthington Project MORE volunteer coordinator Kathy Moore.
More than 500 residents have volunteered for Project MORE since it began in the Worthington schools five years ago.
The program's success lies in its simplicity for volunteers and the structured lessons that have proven to be enormously successful in teaching young students to read, Moore said.
Volunteers often are senior citizens, but parents, older students and other community members are encouraged to become involved.
Volunteers go through a short training session and then are expected to give only 30 minutes a week to the program. Some volunteer more time.
A Project MORE session consists of one student sitting in a private space at school to work with a volunteer. Standardized materials are ready for the volunteer and student, who follow specific instructions for 30 minutes.
Students are in grades K-3. They usually are struggling to learn to read but are not eligible for reading-intervention school programs.
Each Project MORE student meets with a volunteer four days a week, though the students usually see a different volunteer each day.
Statistics locally and statewide reflect great improvement in students who take part in Project MORE, Moore said.
That is particularly important this year, which will see the implementation of the state-mandated third-grade reading guarantee. Third-graders who do not pass a state test at the end of the school year will not be permitted by the state to go on to the fourth grade next year.
"We need every weapon in our arsenal," said Moore, who is a retired elementary school counselor.
Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence) is a statewide program that was started in 1999.
Those interested in volunteering should email Moore at Kathymoore123@gmail.com.