Long Branch, NJ – Family Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit agency, is currently seeking volunteers for its school-based Reading Buddies program, which pairs older readers with beginner readers in a classroom setting. Administered through FCS’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Reading Buddies serves 18 public elementary schools in underserved communities throughout Monmouth County, enriching the learning experiences of more than 1600 students from kindergarten through second grade. Reading Buddy volunteers commit at least one hour each week during the school year to read with young students in small group settings in the classroom. No previous experience is required, and training and books are provided.  Interested adults should contact Lisa Schlosser at FCS at 732-222-9111 extension 153.

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Volunteer Marcy Maxwell reads aloud to students at Red Bank Primary School in Red Bank as part of Family & Children's Service's Reading Buddies program.