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Reading Buddies


The Columbus City Schools Reading Support Initiative will provide support to struggling readers in first, second, and third grades. The goals of this program are two-fold: to increase student literacy and to increase business, community, and higher education partnerships with individual elementary schools.

The Reading Support Initiative is in response to our multi-varied approach to addressing the literacy needs of all students, so that they are reading at the third grade standard before they complete third grade. Program components include:

  • Training Volunteers to become Reading Buddies. 
  • Reading Buddies will work with students for one hour, once a week.
  • Reading Buddies will learn to use a two-part lesson:
    • Familiar Rereading for fluency and comprehension
    • Interactive Read Aloud and discussion 

Our goal is to have Reading Buddies in all 73 elementary schools.  

If you want to become a Reading Buddy, apply HERE, or contact Krista Bower at 365-8869, or via email at kbower439@columbus.k12.oh.us.

Reading Buddy Documents and Forms 
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