Reading at Central School

Reading at Central School

Reading Helpers at Central Elementary School

Central Elementary School, located on Bay St at Bold St., is a welcoming, multi-cultural school offering excellence in education to approximately 300 students. The students and families they serve come from 30 different nations from around the world, with 29 languages other than English spoken at home, making Central a wonderfully diverse environment in which to learn. Student achievement and ongoing school improvement is important and the school’s goal is to continue to improve reading comprehension across all grade levels.

The school has a need for adults to help students with reading English during school hours. There are 9 classes for students in Grades 1 through 5. Class sizes are from 20-25 students.

64% of the students have English as a second language. The most common first language is Arabic.

The helper would either be located in a common area, such as the library, and students would visit for help with reading English, or the helper would visit designated classes.

Volunteers are required from 1 to 3 hours a day during the period from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Note that help is not offered to students during nutrition breaks (10.30 – 11 a.m. and 12.30 – 1.30 p.m.)

You can volunteer for one day or more per week. The school prefers that volunteers be able to commit to helping for a complete term – September to December, January to March break, March break to June – but this is not mandatory.

Qualifications include the ability to relate well with children between the ages of 5 and 10, and a good deal of patience! Volunteers are required to have a Vulnerable Sector certificate.

If you are interested in this opportunity to help in the local community, please talk to or email Jim Dunlop ( Tel 905-528-8166)