Reading Coaches

Reading Coaches Honored at 2020 WPS Volunteer Awards

On August 20, we celebrated the impact several of our Reading Coaches have had in our community at the annual WPS Volunteer Awards. In the Volunteer in Education category, Bill Orgeman was our winner and Don Bauknecht was our runner-up. Congratulations Bill and Don! Please click here to read their stories.

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Reading Coaches Program Donates Books

On June 12, the Reading Coaches for Kids program donated 550 books to Green Bay Area Public Schools elementary students during the weekend food distribution. Thank you to Reading Coaches Julie A., Pat J., Dorothy P., Ann W., Diane B., Tracy B., Cathy S., and Barbara W. for volunteering to help. We had a great time! Thank you also to Schneider National for donating the printing of the bookmarks! (pictured at left)

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Helping Students Improve Their Literacy Skills

An ‘NBC26 Cares’ segment highlighting how volunteers with the Reading Coaches for Kids program can make a difference in kids’ lives can be found here.

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It only takes an hour a week to make a difference to a child!

Research shows that third graders who have proficient reading skills are nearly five times more likely to graduate high school than their peers who do not; yet in many of our area schools, 70% of third graders test below proficient for on-track readiness in English Language Arts.

Reading Coaches for Kids is a volunteer tutoring program designed to increase students’ reading abilities and academic success. Dedicated, caring volunteers provide consistency and educational support by working individually with students during the school day in K-5 classrooms throughout Brown County, helping them improve their reading skills.

Reading Coaches must pass a background check and are asked to commit to a minimum of one hour per week over the course of a school year. No educational background is needed; training and ongoing support are provided.

The Reading Coaches for Kids program is coordinated through the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Volunteer Center of Brown County, but our tutors range in age from 18 to 90 years old. They’re connected by their desire to see kids succeed.

The Reading Coaches for Kids volunteer description can be found here.

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Interested in being a Reading Coach?

With the uncertainty of where volunteers will fit into the 2020-21 school year plan, Reading Coach trainings are on hold. You may complete an application, and we will keep it on file and update you as we get more information. We are also looking into the possibility of virtual Reading Coach opportunities.

To complete an application, please click on the link in the appropriate box below. Then follow these steps:

  • Download the form and save it to your computer (the desktop is a good place).
  • Open it from the saved location, complete all fields, and again save to your computer (replace the current version).
  • Email Deb Johnson or print out and mail to:
    • Deb Johnson
      Volunteer Center of Brown County
      984 9th Street
      Green Bay, WI 54304