ALTON — Alton Reading Mentors set books aside on Saturday, Jan. 16, in exchange for reading instructions to complete mini-construction projects.
Mentors, students and their families met at the Alton Home Depot for a Kids Workshop. Students worked alongside parents and mentors to build toys, boxes and memo boards. The event allowed students hands-on access to hammers and nails to create keepsakes. Participants left with prized creations, a handy work apron and big smiles.
The Alton Reading Mentor program is a group of 25 volunteers who are each paired with one student, once a week, for one year, for the purpose of promoting literacy. Students and mentors develop strong ties, using weekly meetings to encourage reading engagement and success in school. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can contact Elaine Kane at (618) 433-7825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Home Depot hosts free Kids Workshops from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of every month. For information, call the Alton store at (618) 465-5803.