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Reading Together

Reading Together

Reading Together fosters the joy of reading and boosts reading skills through mentorship and creative play.

1st-5th grade students and trained mentors meet weekly, one-on-one, to work on grade-level reading skills in a virtual setting. Students earn books by completing reading goals.

We are accepting students through mid-February, 2021 for the current school year. Apply Today!

To participate in the program, students must:

  • be in grades 1-5
  • read just below grade level
  • live in or attend school in Saint Paul
  • have access to the internet and a computer/phone/tablet/iPad with a camera
  • be able to meet with their mentors every week on the same day and time

 

Apply Today

Fill out the online student application — one for each child.

Allow two weeks to process your application and get back to you.

Once your child has been accepted into the program, we will match your child with a Reading Mentor, schedule a weekly reading session, and confirm the start date.

HOLIDAYS AND CLOSURE DATES

2020

December 24 - 25
Winter Holiday Break

2021

January 1
New Year's Day

January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 15
President’s Day

May 21
Last day of Reading Together

FAMILIES

To participate in the program, students must:

  • be in grades 1-5
  • read just below grade level
  • live in or attend school in Saint Paul
  • have access to the internet and a computer/phone/tablet/iPad with a camera
  • be able to meet with their mentors every week on the same day and time

Student Application Process 

Step 1. Fill out the online student application. Please fill out an application for each child. Space is limited and completing an application does not guarantee a spot in the program for your child.

Step 2. Please give us up to two weeks to process your application and get back to you.

Step 3. Once your child has been accepted into the program, we will match your child with a Reading Mentor, schedule a weekly reading session, and confirm the start date.

Need to Cancel Your Reading Session?

Notify us here. Please provide us at least 24 hours' notice.

FAQs for Families

MENTORS

We are looking for volunteers who can serve as a reading mentor and work one-on-one with students once a week.

Reading Together mentors must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • be proficient in reading and writing
  • have proficient basic computer skills
  • have a keen interest in helping children succeed
  • have access to the internet and a computer/phone/tablet/iPad with a camera.
  • commit to meet at least 45 minutes per week throughout the school year (October-June)
  • attend a required, free training
  • submit to a background check

Mentor Application Process

Step 1. Download the volunteer application and email it Wendy Neurer (wendy.neurer@ci.stpaul.mn.us). Volunteer opportunities are currently limited and completing an application does not guarantee a spot in the program.

Step 2. Please give us up to two weeks to process you application to get back to you.

Step 3. If accepted, volunteers will be interviewed, undergo a background check, and go through training and orientations.

Step 4. You will be matched with a student, a weekly reading session will be scheduled, and the start date will be confirmed.

Need to Cancel Your Reading Session?

Notify us here. Please provide us at least 24 hours' notice.

Mentors FAQs

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