Reading Buddies needs tutors to build skills, inspire love of books

A reading program in Ames and Story County is having to turn away children because it doesn’t have enough volunteer tutors.

Students’ summer slide in learning is a perennial problem, but Raising Readers in Story County has a program to help limit that loss of knowledge.

In fact, the Reading Buddies program aims to do more than that. One of its main goals is to instill youngsters’ love of reading.

Raising Readers promotes language and literacy development in children from birth to eight years of age and nurtures healthy parent-child relationships.

The organization is relocated at North Grand Mall in Ames to give children better access to the service. The organization still maintains its presence throughout the county by offering programs in the schools, libraries and groups like the Boys and Girls Club. Each child who visits the new location at the mall receives a free book.

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