By: Sami Ahmed
The J.E.B. Stuart National Honor Society is hosting the Readers are Leaders program. The organization that pairs high school students with elementary school aged children to establish a connection between the two groups of students through reading ability and emphasize on schoolwork completion. This helps build a better bond in the community.
According to Linda Lauderdale, who serves as the club sponsor of the Stuart chapter of the NHS, “The Willston Center has an after school program for nearly 60 students from three of our elementary schools, to provide homework help and reading skills.” The National Honor Society intends to strengthen the community by helping elementary aged children succeed in their schoolwork. This also creates a memorable experience that encourages these children to build up and improve on their reading skills. Though the NHS contributes most of the people to help out for the program, there is still a need for High School students to come at least once a week.
The reading ability of these Elementary aged children is important to the NHS, which is why the program emphasizes on literacy learning. “The younger students will read aloud with the goal being a book a day. Readers are Leaders will gift each elementary student with ten books to help encourage the students to continue to read at home.” Said Lauderdale.