Dorothy McKnight | Daily Press
The Gladstone Reading Buddies Program began on Wednesday, Oct. 2, with volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The volunteers are working with several first and second-grade classes at the school. First-grade teacher, Peggy Austin, has signed on to have her students involved in the Reading Buddy program for the first time. She shares her enthusiasm about the program with the volunteers before the "Buddies" are paired off.
After pairing up with their new Buddies, the volunteers took a few minutes to get acquainted. Volunteer Wayne Lancour talks with his new Buddy, Jesse Olsick, as Jesse shows off the contents of his supplies box and the reading book he is using in his first-grade class.
Volunteer Betty Karnitz chit-chats with her new Reading Buddy, Ryan Tall.
Volunteer Bev Warren, at left, signs up for the Gladstone program with RSVP supervisor/secretary, Lori A Giuliani. Warren has been a Reading Buddy volunteer for the Rapid River Elementary school since it began. This is her first year with the Gladstone program. The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency sponsors the program for the RSVP.
Reading Buddy volunteers, Peggy Lockhart, left, Carole Gabrielson, and Evelyn Christianson, visit together as they look over their Reading Buddy assignments on their first day. Lockhart has been a Reading Buddy for 13 years and Christianson for four. This is Gabrielson’s first day as a Reading Buddy volunteer.