READER LEADER PROGRAM
 
The mission of the Reader Leader program is to build relationships between students in the Garden District and members of First United Methodist Church through a shared literary experience.  We currently have twelve active volunteers who come to Rugg Elementary each week and read with students.  Both church members and students experience enrichment while reading and discussing books.  The leaders serve as a much needed positive role model for students.  Their presence each week demonstrates a commitment to their student and shows students that they value the time with them.  Students also experience academic gains from having a one on one reading session with specific and timely feedback about their reading practices. The participants in this program create bonds that will not easily be forgotten.