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RSVP and Clay partner for Project MORE

By Portia Williams

November 14, 2013

Portia Williams


PDT Staff Writer


Local organization RSVP is teaming up with Clay School Elementary School to launch Project MORE. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and over.


Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence) is an ongoing tutoring program at Clay Elementary and is designed for at-risk students who struggle in reading.


The program pairs RSVP volunteers with elementary students to improve childhood literacy and is now seeking mentors to help kids learn to read.


Libby Brisker, Coordinator of Scioto County RSVP, said there are two requirements to become a mentor for the MORE Project.


“You must be 55 and over and love Clay basketball. You don’t have to have a teacher background to be a mentor. In fact, our mentors come from varied work experiences,” Brisker said.


Each mentor who completes the Project MORE training and commits to 30 minutes a week will receive a pass to attend all home basketball games at Clay.


Project MORE students receive 30 minutes a day of reading intervention with one-on-one instruction from their mentor. Mentors are trained on site to “coach” their student in improving reading fluency and comprehension.


The curriculum for Project MORE is very organized and structured but easy to follow. There is also a teacher in the room at all times if a question comes up.


RSVP is free to register and supports many non-profit agencies in Scioto County. RSVP Members are offered mileage reimbursement to and from their volunteer site, supplemental insurance and a life insurance policy.


For additional information, call Libby Brisker, RSVP Scioto County Coordinator at 740-357-5958 or pick up RSVP enrollment forms at Clay Elementary.


Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.