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Summer senior volunteer recruiting drive under way

United Way of the Bluegrass’s RSVP Trailblazers program is looking for people ages 55 and older to volunteer in area schools for the 2018-2019 school year as mentors and tutors. The program is targeting mentoring for middle and high school students and tutoring for elementary school students as priorities, but mentors and tutors at every school level are needed.

Much evidence shows that students benefit from having a reliable, trusted adult presence in their lives from outside the family or the school structure. Students with a mentor show improvement in academic performance, attendance, and school discipline. Evidence also shows students respond well to mentoring from older adults.

Tutoring is especially important for reading for early elementary students. From fourth grade on, students are reading to learn, not learning to read. Students who are not proficient in reading by the end of third grade are at a significant academic disadvantage in future grades. Seventy-five percent never catch up. Volunteer tutors have proven to be very effective in helping students reach that level in time to prevent the problem.

RSVP Trailblazers, a Senior Corps program, connects volunteers with programs and schools in Anderson, Clark, Scott, and Woodford County. Partner programs operate both in and out of schools. Volunteers who sign up this summer will begin service in September.

For more information, contact Mark Matics at mark.matics@uwbg.org or by phone at 859-977-7396, or visit United Way of the Bluegrass’s website athttps://www.uwbg.org/trailblazers.

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