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Scoring one for reading: a decade of success

Krystle Wagner • May 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM

With the 2017-18 school year coming to a close, Barb Pietrangelo reflected on the reading program that has helped students the past 10 years.

The Lakeshore Middle School teacher estimates that 190 volunteers have helped about 230 students through the S.C.O.R.E. (Scholarships Creating Opportunities for Reading Enjoyment) program. The program provides additional support to “developing readers.”

Pietrangelo is stepping back from organizing the program. She said someone else may take it over.

Pietrangelo started the program after seeing a website that electronically connects readers with mentors. The Linda Shores and Michael Snodgrass Fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation funded the program with more than $22,000 over the past 10 years to cover expenses such as books, snacks and incentives for students to read.

Volunteers from all backgrounds met with students once a week for 45 minutes. Together, adults and students read the same book and discussed it. Pietrangelo said they tracked student progress and saw positive gains.

Students received $5 each time they completed a book, which served as an incentive.

Seeing students make progress has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of being involved in the program, said Ron Wright, who has volunteered for three years.

Pietrangelo said she enjoyed watching students develop an interest in reading.

“It’s been a remarkable experience,” she said.

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