WELL READ: David Bowden, 8 is just one of the children at Kingaroy State School improving his reading skills by spending time with volunteer Rotary Readers.
WELL READ: David Bowden, 8 is just one of the children at Kingaroy State School improving his reading skills by spending time with volunteer Rotary Readers. Helen Spelitis

Reading easier with helpers

EIGHT-year-old David Bowden is not naturally a strong reader.

But his skills have continued to improve the more time he spends practising with Rotary Readers; volunteers who spend an hour a week reading with children.

When asked if other children should put their hands up to be part of the Rotary Readers program, realist David said "yes and no".

"Everybody learns at different speeds," he said.

"And the Rotary Readers help kids like me who aren't as good at reading."

Kingaroy State School program co-ordinator Desley Benecke said the program didn't just benefit students, as adults were often surprised at how rewarding volunteering could be.

"It gives the children more confidence with their reading," Ms Benecke said.

"But at the same time it's great for the volunteers to build relationships with children.

"New volunteers are often nervous and think they won't be able to work with children but after a while they start to enjoy it."

Rotary is looking to expand the program to Taabinga State School next year and is on the hunt for new volunteers.

Kingaroy Rotary president Vince Evans said the club could help with Blue Card applications and volunteers didn't need to be Rotary members.

Phone Jeff on 0412136009 to get involved.

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