Readers Café connects all ages at Riverside

MENOMONEE FALLS (11/11/15) — Every Wednesday, 2nd grader Anaya Colon grabs her lunch tray from the cafeteria and heads down to the library with her favorite book. There, she meets Luanne Rambert and they spend the next half hour eating, reading and discussing books together.

“I like going there because it helps me be a better reader. I wish I could go every day,” Colon said.

Interfaith Senior Programs has partnered with Riverside to bring the Reader’s Café to students at Riverside. Reader’s Café is an opportunity for seniors from the community to work one-onone with students, encouraging their interest in reading while developing comprehension and social skills over the lunch hour.

“They all seem happy and eager to learn. And one on one attention is always a benefit,” said volunteer June Flessert. “The program is filling a need for these students and their learning,” said Susie Grabow, a reading interventionist at Riverside Elementary. “Having one on one time and being able to discuss the books is key to the students meeting their reading goals.”

“The Readers Café Program helps Riverside students both socially and academically,” said RSVP Program Coordinator Dawn Hinton. “Our students look forward to this time each week when they get to read and develop a relationship with a senior citizen from the community.”

And the volunteers are just as excited as the students they work with.

“Makes your heart feel good when you are helping and paying attention to them” said Darlene Destrampe.

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