Fostoria schools team together for reading help PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:04
FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Catholic School Faith in Action classes and freshmen theology classes have begun to volunteer their time to mentor students in Fostoria City Schools through project MORE.
Project MORE is a volunteer-based reading mentoring program for at-risk students.
FCS Project MORE coordinator Pam Berrier has worked with Mike Amlin, SWCS principal, in facilitating St. Wendelin Catholic School's involvement.
SWCS is providing the busing needed to transport the students from SWCS to Fostoria City Schools where the students have begun to mentor children in various grades. Students will continue to travel to FCS at least twice a week to work with the children for a half hour.
SWCS students attended an orientation given by Berrier on Project MORE in which they learned about Project MORE as well as being instructed on how to be a tutor. Besides the orientation, students were also involved in a training session. Project MORE provides a very specific plan for each mentee.  Mentors are also given detailed lesson plans to follow each time they work with a child.
Students from the SWCS Communicative Arts class are no strangers to reading to children. In fact, students visit Wesley Preschool twice a month and read stories to the pre-K 4 classes. Cindy Taylor, SWCS librarian, began the program this year by presenting a lesson on how to read to children. The lesson emphasizes selecting the correct reading material, using various techniques in keeping children engaged, and proper use of a person's voice when reading aloud. The students then practice reading to each other and in front of the class.

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