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`Book’ a power lunch with a Carbondale student

Forget the briefcase and the formal presentation – this is a different sort of “Power Lunch,” but one every bit as important.

Local volunteers are needed to “do lunch” with second graders to help emphasize the importance of reading in daily life. Mentor volunteers are asked to bring a sack lunch or pick up a school lunch and read with one elementary school student from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. one day a week in the common room at Carbondale Elementary School.

“It’s not to teach reading. It’s more for the kids to share the reading experience with another adult and to see reading as something that enriches their lives,” explained organizer Kim Hamilton, CES reading teacher. “The program will show that reading is an enjoyable, social activity. Reading is not just something that you do in school; it’s something that enriches your life.”

The Power Lunch program is new to the Roaring Fork School District but is an offshoot of a successful national program called Everybody Wins (www.everybodywins.org). The program receives some funding through the federal Department of Education and is popular in big cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, Hamilton said.

Hamilton said she hopes to expand the program to other grade levels in future years. Interested volunteers can call 704-1915 or e-mail khamilton@rfsd.k12.co.us to sign up for a simple one-hour training class later in October. Volunteers are requested to make a weekly Power Lunch commitment through the remainder of the school year.

Hamilton noted, “The adult reading buddy sends a message that reading is important and is bigger than school.”

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