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Amanda Galloway, coordinator of MRRL's Reading Buddies

Amanda Galloway, coordinator of MRRL's Reading Buddies

April 17th, 2011 in News

Amanda Galloway

Photo by Julie Smith

Reading is fun. And if you ask Amanda Galloway, getting kids excited in reading is as simple as letting them see their parents read.

"If your child sees you excited about reading, they will also get excited," she said.

Galloway, coordinator of the Missouri River Regional Library's summer program Reading Buddies, said she has been a life-long reader.

"My parents always made a big deal about ... <!-- us reading," she said. "We would go to the library, and they would read to us. Reading was important, and I still love it today."

Reading Buddies, in its second year, is a program that pairs a kindergarten through secondgrader up with an older child who serves as a reading mentor.

"The older buddy is in middle school or high school, has been interviewed and gone through two trainings," Galloway said. "This is not like school, it is fun, though reading is key."

The pairs will meet up in a session that meets their schedules. They are expected to participate weekly, as in the past there has been a waiting list.

The session will last one hour; half of it will be a reading activity and the other half craft.

Children who are in summer school for any reason can attend.

"It does not matter if they are in summer school for help with math, they can still come to the library and be part of this," Galloway said.

A Lincoln University graduate, she has spent the past few years teaching English as a Second Language and saw the chance to coordinate the Reading Buddies program as a great way for her to share ideas and her passion.

"I have always been passionate about reading, I read with my own daughter," she said. "Reading is the key to all other learning."

Seeing students she attended class with struggle with their reading led her to obtain a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education.

"I have always felt that no one should have to struggle to read," he said. "It should be something fun that anyone can do." -->