August 20, 2004
The founders of a local reading program can empathize with their students’ struggles with learning to read. At 9 years old, they can relate.That’s why Jordan Brown and Chris Towle started their own Summer Reading Program.”We wanted to help people read who couldn’t read that good,” said Brown, sitting on the lawn of Gateway Family Chiropractic, where the two give their reading lessons.From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the week, Brown and Towle set up their outdoor classroom on the Gateway area lawn. They have books sorted in boxes for appropriate age groups. Each client gets to pick which book he or she would like to read for the day.
“We read it to them, and then they read it back, and we help them sound out the words,” Towle said.If at the end of the session the client enjoyed the book, Brown and Towle will either buy the student a copy or write it down on paper.There’s a jar so students or their parents can make a donation if they want.From noon to 1 p.m. Brown and Towle have play time for their clients, which usually includes a game of musical chairs or duck-duck goose; they allow their clients to pick what they want to play.
So far, Brown and Towle have had only had three customers, and they’d like to have a few more. They’ve made $50 on their venture from voluntary donations.”One of them was a family member and we don’t make family members pay,” said Towle.The boys said they have gained valuable experience for future careers with their reading program. They say it will help them if they want to baby-sit or become a school librarian.Most of all, Brown said, they feel good about helping children who are younger than themselves.
“The people who’ve been coming, since we’ve been teaching them, they’ve gotten better at reading,” he said.Check it outGo to Chris Towle and Jordan Brown’s Summer Reading Program from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts at 11630 Brook Lane, on the lawn in front of the Gateway Family Chiropractic office.