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Early Learning Center Reading Buddy

Read on a regular basis to the young children in a specific classroom in order to foster a love of reading, encourage excitement about books and enable your audience to feel the magic that books can create.       


You will enjoy this position if you:

  • Have a positive attitude and enjoy smiling,
  • Want to make a positive difference in a child’s life,
  • Love children’s books and enjoy reading them to a lively audience,
  • Are comfortable working with a diverse group of children and adults,    
  • Are reliable and responsible,
  • Are able to accept supervision,
  • Are 18 or older,
  • Can successfully complete TB screening and a background check.


The usual hours of service are:

  • A minimum commitment of one hour per week,
  • Volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


As a volunteer you will:

  • Meet your assigned classroom (children and staff) in their reading location,
  • Greet them and introduce your self each visit,
  • Introduce the selected book(s) including the title and author  (maybe discuss the cover art and ask them what they think the book is about)
  • Read and enjoy the book and your time together,
  • Turn the children back over to the classroom staff.


The volunteer will:

  • Receive an orientation to the Institute's purpose, functions and policies/procedures as related to the volunteer’s work at the Institute
  • Receive training from the assigned supervisor to ensure that the volunteer is comfortable with the assigned duties and essential functions of this position,
  • Have the opportunity to take part in select in-service training sessions offered to Institute staff throughout the year.

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