Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Extra help for kids




By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEER PARK — Chris Ertel, 9, turned the pages of his book while Emily Simon, a volunteer, looked on. Then they took a breather and looked at the view across Chamberlain Park.

        They are part of the Friends With Books program, which the Deer Park schools are running with a $30,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education through the OhioReads program.

        “I read a lot, but this will help me improve,” Chris said. He is among 33 children in grades 1 through 4 who are participating in the seven-week program.

        “I think it gives us an advantage because we are working one-on-one with the students,” Mrs. Simon said. She is one of 17 volunteers helping in the reading program.

        The 30-minute sessions are held in the Deer Park Community Building, 7640 Plainfield Road, from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. Evening sessions are from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Public Library Building, 3970 East Galbraith Road.

        The program started Monday and will run through Aug. 11.

        Each child sits for half an hour with a volunteer or a teacher coordinator.

        Barbara Hammel, Deer Park Schools superintendent, said the district does not have a reading problem, but she says everyone should take advantage of the governor's efforts to push reading.

       



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