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Some eighth grade students at St. Joseph Middle School are helping younger students with reading.
First grade teacher Christina Gherna said she previously had grandparents help with the reading program but this year she asked Eighth grade teacher Kim Blair if any middle school students would like to help younger students with reading.
Blair said the other teachers at St. Joseph Middle School have been very supportive of the program, which sees 10 middle school students tutor 10 first graders.
Once a week during study hall the eighth grade students walk from St. Joseph Middle School to St. Joseph Grade School to tutor the first graders. The eighth graders listen to the first graders reading and then give Gherna feedback on how the students did.
The volunteers have to get good grades and be good role models for the younger children.
"My students look forward to it," she said. "They are excited a teenager is helping them."
Eighth grader Max Miller said he enjoys helping the younger students.
"We alternate books so they read instead of memorize," he said. "The kids seem to enjoy it."
Eighth grader Keely Smith said she also likes helping the younger students.
"You get a chance to help kids learn while having fun." she said. "The kids seem to be excited to get help from older kids."