Rehoboth Elementary School celebrated its 25 literacy mentors recently. These individuals, some with canine partners, volunteer at least one hour every week throughout the school year. Reading mentors assist with word work, reading, and writing in a one-to-one setting with students in grades K-2. Literacy Education Assistance Pups mentors work as a team with their specially trained therapy dogs. Students in grades 3-4 read to the furrier members of the team.
“We are grateful to have wonderful community members partner with our school to support and encourage literacy,” said Rosemary Lobodzinski, reading specialist.
Literacy mentors include, standing (l-r) RES Reading Specialist Rosemary Lobodzinski, CHSD Director of Human Resources Cathy Petitgout, Donna Yost, Deb Bragdon, CHSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Michael Kelley, Ann Toner, Marjorie Biles, Helen Badur, John Taylor, Barb Thompson, Susan Kazala, Waynne Paskins, Margie Klapper, Kendra Knight and RES Mentoring Coordinator Kathleen Law; seated on left side of table are Kim McCollough, CHSD Superintentent Robert Fulton, Mary Jo Venerus, Madaline Vivian and Roe Coppola (obscured); seated on right side of table are Samantha Maloney-Gracie, L. Carole Silbaugh, Sheri Ackerman and Barbara Saulsbury.
Not shown are reading mentors Diana Duffy, Joan Wallace, Deb Woods and RES Principal Trish Mumford, who is also a L.E.A.P. mentor.