The “School Power Lunch” program at M.C. Smith Elementary School offers each participating student the opportunity to meet with a member of our community during their lunch/recess time to read and converse about great books.
These mentor/student partnerships allow for one-on-one time with an adult, which encourages the building of reading confidence, self-esteem and academic skills, as well as the cultivation a love of reading and learning.
Lunch/Recess Times: 11:24 a.m.-12:04 p.m. and 12:04-12:44 p.m.
If you would like to be a lunchtime reading mentor for one of our elementary students, please complete this application and return it to:
M.C. Smith Elementary School
ATTN: Hudson Reads/Laurie Campbell
102 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
You can also submit the application via email to Laurie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community members can be reading mentors in the Power Lunch program on whichever days they are able to do so, but please make sure you are able to make a school-year commitment to the program. Please take a moment to review the Power Lunch program information, policies and procedures below.
Power Lunch Program Information
Mission: To promote children’s literacy and a love of learning through paired reading experiences with caring individuals.
Program: The program offers each student the opportunity to meet and read with a member of our community during their lunch/recess time to read and converse about great books. These mentor/student partnerships allow for one-on-one time with an adult, which encourages the building of confidence and self-esteem as well as academic skills.
Lunch: A reading mentor and child are paired through teacher recommendation or parent request to meet weekly to read and discuss great books during the child’s lunch/recess time (11:24 a.m.-12:04 p.m. and 12:04-12:44 p.m.). Onsite coordinators supervise the reading hour and offer any needed support. Books are provided or if you choose to bring your own it must be approved by the site coordinator.
- To encourage a child’s interest in reading by…
- Generating enthusiasm for books and reading
- Helping the child overcome apprehension of reading
- Building listening, comprehension, and vocabulary skills
- Increasing attention span and ability to concentrate
- Encouraging reading at home
- To expand a child’s opportunities for success by…
- Providing a mentor who will act as a positive role model
- Exposing the child to new information and experiences
- Helping the child articulate thoughts
- Enhancing imagination, insight, and independent thinking
- Building self-esteem and confidence
- To facilitate meaningful volunteer contributions by…
- Matching children one-to-one with caring adults within a structured relationship
- Creating a link between schools and organizations
- Preparing Reading Mentors through quality training and orientations
- Continuing a valuable school and community relationship
A Reading Mentor:
- Has lunch, talks with and listens to the student, reads aloud with the child, and encourages the child’s interest in reading by exploring and discussing books together.
- Provides positive, structured, consistent, and weekly attention.
- Builds a relationship with a student.
- Makes a commitment to volunteer for one school year and is encouraged to continue reading with the same child in subsequent years.
- Mentors may share a student if they are unable to commit to once a week. Mentors will meet with the student every other week.
- Mentors agree to attend the 2-hour training prior to the start date of the program.
- The District reserves the right to terminate your volunteer position at will.
Note: Mentors are not expected to improve the child’s reading fluency or decoding skills; this is a mentoring program, not a tutoring program.