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Local Rotary Club Creates Reading Program to Help Students

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A Local club is putting students on the fast track, just by reading them a book.  Volunteers with a local rotary club say sharing a good story is an important part of a student’s success. They can already see the difference.

Fred Anderson volunteer once a week and spends an hour of reading with first graders at Mark Twain Elementary School, "I love it. The kids are just wonderful to work with."

"Statistically kids that have interaction with an adult, reading for at least 20 minutes a day or on a regular basis they do better overall life, in terms of income and their success,” says Scott Naumann, past president for Bettendorf Rotary Club.

That’s one reason why they came up with a reading program. 13 volunteers visit all the elementary schools in Bettendorf.

Dr. Theron Schutte, superintendent for the Bettendorf School District, who also is in the rotary club, fully supports the program, "I was really pleased with positive response we had from our first grade teachers and principals who have embraced this program."

Volunteer give them the skills they need at a young age.

"It's important to do it when their young, research is very strong about the importance of students being proficient or at their peers reading level,” says Dr. Schutte.

Also boosting their confidence, "They're more confident than they were at the beginning of the semester,” says Anderson.

The program is looking at expanding to other schools and it always needs new volunteers.