Volunteer Testimonials

”I was a Reading And Beyond tutor for Areli twice a week at Wesley United Methodist Church.  She was a darling, a quick learner, and a pleasure to work with.  I taught school for 22 years, and every single day "class size" was an issue for me.  There is never enough time to get to the students' needs.  One-on-one tutoring is an absolute win-win proposition.  How could she not grow in her reading skills with the attention that she could get from our tutoring sessions?  What a pleasure to help kids in Reading And Beyond.  Loved it!”

~ Barb Bray

”What a delight to work with two children who love to absorb every new learning opportunity!  Reading And Beyond provides the setting to encourage children to improve their reading skills.  The one-on-one setting enhances the child’s desire to want to learn.  This is a great opportunity for children to learn and love to read.”

~ Elaine Clymer

“I recently retired and I wanted to volunteer to stay involved.  I’ve found that Reading And Beyond provides an exceptional environment to help others, and also to feel good about yourself.  Helping children read is very rewarding.  It is wonderful to see the excitement in a child’s eyes when they learn something new.  I would encourage anyone with a couple of hours a week to volunteer.  You won’t be disappointed.”

~ Larry Kerney

”Although I have only been in the Reading And Beyond program last spring and for a short time this fall, I find it very rewarding, and a privilege to participate... This is a wonderful program and I urge others to volunteer.  It is such a successful program for both the student and tutor.”

~ Marilyn McKeever

”The two hours that I spend each week with my Reading And Beyond student are a highlight of my week.  She [my student] is enthusiastic, and the experience is very rewarding.  It is a pleasure to watch her grow in reading skills, and to see her satisfaction in accomplishment.  I recommend this to everyone.”

~ Eleanor Bennett

”I wanted to take some time to thank you for allowing me to volunteer as an after-school reading tutor.  My time here has given me the opportunity to apply and expand my classroom knowledge, while gaining experience and becoming an active member in our community.  I volunteered a few hours of my time every week, yet in this short amount of time I feel that I truly did help make a difference.  My experience here has been rewarding and unforgettable.”

~ Tracy De La Cruz

”When I first started volunteering here, I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t know what the kids were going to be like.  Once I started to get to know each student and see them smile at their little successes, whether it be pronouncing a word correctly or reading a whole sentence, and seeing the smile on their face, it made me feel good about what I was doing here.  Helping them improve their reading skills and seeing them improve little by little each day is the best feeling as a new tutor can get.”

~ Veronica Jacinto

”My student is Edward, and when he first came, you could tell he didn’t want to be here.  His reading level was Kindergarten and he was in first grade.  We worked on learning the alphabet and pronouncing his spelling words.  After two weeks, his mother went to talk to his teacher.  Edward’s teacher said he had improved dramatically.  He started reading in class (he had never before), and he understood what they were reading.”

~ Alex Emory