Read­ing as­sis­tance all in the Fam­ily at PLC

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PRES­BY­TE­RIAN Ladies' Col­lege stu­dents have vol­un­teered their time to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in the Smith Fam­ily stu­den­t2s­tu­dent pro­gram.

Stu­dents from years 7-9 have been help­ing chil­dren from dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies im­prove in their learn­ing, by help­ing them with their read­ing up to three times a week.

Year 8 stu­dent Ge­or­gia Kestrel has been in­volved in the pro­gram for three years and said she en­joyed it.

“There’s some­thing so nice about see­ing im­prove­ment in your buddy and hear how much the pro­gram means to them,” she said.

“It’s my favourite ser­vice pro­gram be­cause there’s a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship; a friend­ship.”

Re­search con­ducted by the Smith Fam­ily shows that the read­ing gap be­tween the low­est so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus stu­dents and the high­est is equiv­a­lent to al­most three years of school­ing.

The stu­den­t2s­tu­dent pro­gram aims to bridge this gap by pair­ing stu­dents who are up to two years be­hind, with a trained read­ing buddy.

A re­cent sur­vey of the pro­gram showed that 95 per cent of stu­dents who took part im­proved their read­ing.

Year 7 stu­dent Char­lotte Fair­weather said she joined that pro­gram af­ter see­ing her sis­ter take part.

“It’s a good feel­ing, es­pe­cially when you no­tice your buddy’s at­ti­tude im­prove,” she said.

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