Janet Westbrook loves spending one-on-one time with children over a book and seeing them gain confidence and improve their reading ability.
“I have no grandchildren, but I get to do ‘Grandma things.’"
Janet has tutored for eight years, five at Grace Chapel Lutheran School in St. Louis.
"As I was walking down the hall, a child asked, ‘Do you work here?’ I explained that I am a volunteer reading buddy and that I read with a student every week. He said, ‘I wish you could read with me.’ I told him that I wish I could read with everyone!"
She enjoys sharing the story of the starfish that is left abandoned on the beach. "When someone throws it back into the ocean, he is asked, 'What good does it do to when there are so many?' The answer is, 'It makes a difference to that one!'”
Janet says the program spurs her on to keep researching and learning. "The training meetings are so encouraging and helpful. I love reading, and I don’t want any child to miss out on building foundational skills for lifelong learning and enjoyment! I hope this program never goes away! One can only hope it expands and helps more students who are still struggling.”