Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Reading Buddy Programs Set Kids Up for Success
New York attorney Andrew Barovick practices law with Alegria & Barovick LLP, where he focuses on personal injury, consumer protection, and medical malpractice. Outside of his professional duties, Andrew Barovick gives back to his local community through acts of service. Among other activities, he previously volunteered as a reading buddy with White Plains Public Schools.
In the White Plains Public School District, adults and older students volunteer their time as reading buddies after school, pairing up with students who need a little extra help with their studies. They work on homework, practice basic math skills, and explore the world of books together.
Programs like Reading Buddies After School are critical to academic success for children who tend to struggle with literacy. They encourage reading in unique, personal ways, and can help make reading fun. Developing strong reading skills, in turn, contributes to success both in and outside of school. Regardless of socioeconomic background, students who read frequently tend to achieve more than their non-reading peers.