'Reading Buddies' Program Unites Kids, Seniors In The Oranges

August 15, 2019

A program that unites senior citizens with elementary school students as "Reading Buddies" is flourishing in Essex County. The RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties recently announced the expansion of its Reading Buddies program, which connects volunteers aged 55 and older with elementary school students in West Orange, South Orange, and Orange.

Tim Beaumont, principal at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange, said the school is delighted to take part in the program for the 2019-2020 school year. "Student literacy is at the heart of all we do at Redwood, and the Reading Buddies program will augment the existing work we do in this area," Beaumont said. According to Beaumont, once a week, trained volunteers will work with students in the school's three youngest grade levels to deepen their enthusiasm for reading.

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