KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 10/10/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Elizabeth Campbell, Executive Director, Reading Seed Literacy Program, and Jon Wang, Rotary Club of Tucson.

The Reading Seed program was born in 1995.  The goal of the program is to teach all children in Pima County in the first through third grades to read at or above grade level. 

Campbell saiys the program recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches who go into the elementary schools in Pima County to help children learn to read.  She says the volunteer reading coaches work in an elementary school chosen by the volunteer from a list of schools needing reading coaches. These schools will be convenient to a volunteer's home or work, she adds. 

Campbell says the reading coaches work one-on-one with the same child for 30 minutes once a week, to build self-confidence and make reading fun. She says the coaches share their love of reading with their students in a safe, caring, supportive environment in school where the child learns to take risks and build their reading skills. She says volunteer reading coaches go through a 3 hour training workshop and then commit to 1 hour each week during the school year.

Wang talks about the Rotary Club support for the program, the annual “Tucson Classics Car Show.”  He says this year’s event is October 16 at St. Gregory’s Prep High School. 50% of the proceeds go to Reading Seed. The balance, he says, will go to other local charities.