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"Reading Buddies" help children learn to read

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Almost 200 children are in the Waterloo School District's "Reading Recovery Program," which is designed to help students who have difficulty reading.

"Reading Buddies" are needed to spend at least one hour a week listening to children read.

Twice a week, Delores Daniels listens to first graders read at Irving Elementary in Waterloo.

Daniels volunteers for "Reading Buddies." The goal is to help children improve their reading skills.

"Because I realize reading is important. It's something you do all your life and even though with modern technology we still have to learn to read," said Delores Daniels.

The earlier the students learn to enjoy reading and gain confidence reading, the better said Staci Friest with Irving School.

"A lot of our Reading Buddies have said just during a month of time oh my goodness they're really improving and it's that practice reading and that confidence boost that really excels those students," said Staci Friest.

Volunteer Delores Daniels spends 15 minutes with each student. It may not seem like a long time, but it makes a huge difference.

Daniels said she sees improvement in speed and word recognition.

Since retiring, Daniels said Reading Buddies makes her feel important.

"It fills your time and you feel like you have a purpose in life again after you retire to go and help these children are our future," said Daniels.

She hopes others can give up at least an hour a week to help the students master a skill they'll use for life.

To sign up to volunteer for Reading Buddies or other programs, you can contact any Waterloo school or contact the new Prime Time Volunteer Coordinator Julie Ehlers.

Julie can be reached at 319-433-2026.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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