Summer Accomplishments:

Over the summer, Reading Buddies has truly flourished and has established as a program. We have put out a library of pre-recorded videos, all accessible to the public through our YouTube channel, called ‘Reading Buddies.’ We are also hosting regular live sessions where students, depending on their age level, can join and read a book/multiple books with a trained tutor. Saturday mornings from 11:00am-11:30am are for our older kid session, geared around children in grades 3-5, but open to all. Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm-2:30pm are for our younger kid session, which is geared around students anywhere from K-3, but also open to anyone. Throughout our live and pre-recorded sessions, we read a variety of books, ask questions to keep students critically thinking, also incorporate a hands-on activity, whether that be drawing, coloring, or origami, all to encourage further engagement and participation. Additionally, we have established an international partnership with a school in China, where we read with students twice a week for an hour, following the same routine and format as our normal live sessions. We hope from here, we can grow and continue to spread the impact of Reading Buddies. Thank you for your support and we hope you can find a way to participate sometime soon! By Diya Gupta