Ridge celebrate 'Roaring Readers'

Chestnut Ridge Middle School celebrated the volunteers of its “Roaring Readers” program. Volunteers served as reading coaches for at-risk students. In front, from left, are Joan McGreevey, Gretchen Fleischer, Linda McElroy, Janelle Lowe, Lisa Kohler; in back, Superintendent Mark Kudlawiec, Ed Price, Chuck Fleischer, Melissa Flynn, Principal George Knisely, Jess Veverka, Chelciee Koontz, Vicki Shroyer, Jim McElroy and John Herman.

The Chestnut Ridge Middle School celebrated a select group of community individuals who committed to a second year of volunteerism in its innovative Roaring Readers Program.

The group was honored with a luncheon at Slick’s Ivy Stone in Osterburg on April 11.

Building upon last year’s success, the middle school’s Response to Intervention Instruction (RTII) reading staff continued its originative program through its 2018-19 academic year in an effort to broaden reading opportunities for its striving at-risk readers at no cost to the district, the district said in a news release.

For its second year, a select group of 10 volunteers with backgrounds in education and business devoted time as “coaches” to help 26 fourth grade students improve their reading skills. Cumulatively, the volunteers donated a total of 113 hours, yielding 170 student sessions. Through intentional oral reading practice, the Roaring Readers program serves to help students realize improved fluency and comprehension through valuable practice opportunities with adult mentors.

The CRMS RTII staff are responsible for identifying, assessing, and designing intervention instruction to address the needs of at-risk readers. The district said staff found that many at-risk readers were not completing the recommended daily reading practice at home, which negatively impacts the student’s ability to attain necessary skills to transition back into his/her grade-level reading class.

The Roaring Readers Program was designed to address that issue. Through partnering with adult “coaches”, at-risk readers receive encouragement while practicing to strengthen the reading skills necessary for fluency and comprehension. An unexpected bonus of this unique program is that the children have developed friendships with the volunteers that extend beyond the walls of their school into the surrounding community.

For information on how to participate, contact the Chestnut Ridge Middle School, 839-4195, Lisa Kohler ext. 2101, or Chelciee Koontz, ext. 2107, or email lkohler@crlions.org.

Contact Elizabeth Coyle at ecoyle@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 105.

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