Skip Navigation

Be a reading buddy: volunteer opportunity with local elementary kids

September 26, 2012

Training starts Monday for reading buddies, a.k.a. Beloit College students who would like to volunteer in a local elementary school and work with kids on their reading skills.

Formally known as the Wright Reading Club, the Todd Reading Club was founded by a Beloit College student in the Duffy Partnership program. The goal of the after-school club is to help elementary school students improve their reading and comprehension skills with the help of a “reading buddy” over the course of a semester. This year, the club will be working with second-graders at Todd Elementary, an easy 10-minute walk from campus. 

The club’s current coordinators are Leah Shefsky’14 and Brittany Leonard '13, who point out that the life of the program is sustained by Beloit College volunteers, and they are currently in need of more reading buddies. It’s a fun way to become involved with the community, while also having an impact on a child’s educational experience.

In order to accommodate schedules, the reading club will take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. You can volunteer both days,  or only one. 

Training will take place Monday (Oct. 1) and Thursday (Oct. 4) of next week, and only one training session is required.

If you are interested, please fill out this survey with your name and information about availability.  

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want more information, get in 
touch with Brittany ( or Leah (