Call for literacy and reading mentors

Burdekin Library Ayr is calling for volunteers to join a literacy and reading program aimed at school students.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the program would be run in collaboration with the Burdekin PCYC and supported by the Rotary Club of Ayr.

“This program calls for volunteers to help mentor students who are struggling with literacy and reading,” he said.

“Without competent literacy skills life can be extremely difficult and creates life-long difficulties and limitations.

“Volunteers would be trained in using Reading Link, a literacy, enhancement and proficiency program that transforms the teaching of literacy.

“This is a great program for parents and for anyone interested in helping children with their literacy skills.”

Mr Scott said the library would be the base for primary school age participants and the PCYC would be the base for youth and adults needing to be supported.

“If anyone knows someone, of any age, who is suffering from poor reading or literacy skills, contact the Burdekin Library Ayr and we will link them up with a mentor after the training is completed.”

Brandon resident Jeanie Shailer has already signed up for the program.

“I have a passion for teaching children how to read as I believe literacy skills are essential for all areas of life,” she said.

“I’m keen to volunteer just a few hours a week for this important initiative.”

The free Mentor Training workshop will be held at the PCYC, 164 Macmillan Street, Ayr, on September 11, from 9am to 2pm. Lunch and morning tea provided.

Book your place by phoning the PCYC on 4783 1009 or the Burdekin Library Ayr on 4783 9970.

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