UVA Students Jumpstart Kid's Reading

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 24, 2006

Some local schools are taking a unique approach to teaching, reading. UVA students are volunteering their time to read to classes as part of the Jumpstart Program. They are beginning with the book, "The Little Engine That Could."

Students are split into two groups; the first with an English translation and the second, Spanish. One teacher said she has seen the program help children with their English.

"We had one non-English speaking student and by the end of the year she was speaking pretty fluently in the English language. I think a lot of that had to do with the one-on-one relationships that she had with her Jumpstart friend," said Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Plemons at Greer Elementary School.

The nationwide program is trying to Read for the Record, which would set the world record for the largest-ever shared reading experience.

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