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Are you looking for a rewarding literacy-focused volunteer opportunity? If so, check out the Alton School District’s Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program. 

ROAR is a flexible volunteer opportunity that supports literacy in our community. The program meets before school Tuesdays through Fridays, from October 3, 2023 through April 26, 2024. Volunteers are encouraged to pick the day of the week that is most convenient in their weekly schedule. Volunteers read with one student at a time, with the student reading at their reading level. Volunteers have flexible schedules—there is no need to call the school if your schedule changes. Simply go to the school on a different morning or the next week.

ROAR uses simple strategies to help young readers. Volunteers provide encouragement and individual attention to students, help students with difficult words, talk about the stories they read, and sign the student’s reading log so that the practice is counted towards the student’s goal. 

You can choose a school close to your heart or your home. Volunteers are needed at West Elementary and North Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and Eunice Smith Elementary, Gilson Brown Elementary, Lewis & Clark Elementary, and Lovejoy Elementary Schools from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.  

Getting started is easy! Contact Elaine Kane at ekane@altonschools.org or (618) 433-7825 to get involved and receive an Alton Community Unit School District 11 volunteer information form.