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The Times
  • O-E students, senior citizens partner in school reading program

  • A partnership between Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and the local senior citizens center is helping to build reading and math skills in the school’s second graders. This fall members of the Oppenheim Senior Center began visiting Susan Pedrick’s second grade class. Each week, the students read to t...
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  • A partnership between Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and the local senior citizens center is helping to build reading and math skills in the school’s second graders.
    This fall members of the Oppenheim Senior Center began visiting Susan Pedrick’s second grade class. Each week, the students read to the seniors from their reading group lessons, and the seniors read to the students from books the teacher helps select.
    The seniors also review spelling words, do math flash cards and play a phonetic card game with the students. The period-long session concludes with the students and seniors sharing a snack.
    “This is a tremendously valuable school, community partnership,” Pedrick said in a news release. “The seniors provide one-on-one attention that helps the students improve with skill level and builds self-esteem.”
    The Seniors Mentoring And Reading to Students, or SMARTS, program now has 10 regular volunteers, including Joanne Bahr , Liz Custer, Ron Custer, Sue Ferguson, Jan Fouse, Joan Mowers , Alice Mosher Joyce Near, Darlene Paul and June Young.
    Five senior mentors visit the school each week.

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