Pavon said the program was a nationwide effort to improve children’s reading skills and relies on good voluntary participation. It is for children from kindergarten through third grade. Volunteers can spend between one and two hours a week reading to children and having the kids read to them as well. It usually takes about a half an hour at a time for each child.
Pavon said she has gotten more requests from children than she has volunteers at the moment. The program is usually done in the mornings, but afternoons are acceptable if that is the best time for the volunteer, she said. So far, she has placed 15 volunteers and needs about seven to eight more, although more than that would be fine too.
To be an RSVP volunteer, one must be 55 or older, although younger adults are welcome to volunteer as well. Those 55 or older are covered by RSVP’s accident and liability insurance and can be compensated for their driving with 25 cents a mile, up to $30 a month. RSVP can also supply volunteers with materials they might need for the program, which will begin in September and end in April.
Interested parties can contact Pavon by calling her at 522-1713 or stop by her office at 65 A Main St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
RSVP is is a division of PACS and partially funded by United Way.