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east meadow high school
key club




Mentoring/Read and Lead

What is Read and Lead?
The Read and Lead program is a program conducted by high school students to help young emergent readers in the early years of elementary school that may not have parents waiting for them at the school day's end with their homework.  Key Clubbers are asked to mentor  a child by donating one hour of their time a week to help an elementary school child that may be struggling with their work.  The high school reader can provide individualized attention that classroom teachers do not have time to give to the special students who would benefit from more personalized attention.  The high school reader provides warm support and friendship that enhances their child's sense of confidence, self-esteem, and love of learning.

What are the benefits of the program for the mentor?

  • Leadership

  • Teaching Skills

  • Diversity training

  • Empathy for others

  • Communication skills

  • Service opportunity

  • Responsibility that accompanies being a role model.

What are the benefits of the program for the elementary students?

  • Learn that reading is fun

  • Improve self-image from the approval of the mentor and the acquisition of new reading skills

  • Improve attitudes towards learning

  • Improve overall academic skills

  • Positive role model

  • Learn communication skills

  • Learn how to make friends

  • Improve reading skills

Read and Lead / Mentoring is every Tuesday and Thursday and Barnum Woods and Parkway Elementary Schools from 3:15 to 4:30.  You may decide to go on either Tuesday, Thursday, or both days.

"Teaching Children the Love of Reading...One Child at a Time"

Visit the Official Read and Lead Website at: