The Batesville Kiwanians are eager to restart the Kids & Us Tutoring Program for Batesville Intermediate School students.

Kiwanis Club of Batesville members believe in service. Kiwanis Kids & Us Tutoring Program coordinator Rita Seig says, "We care about children. We’re interested in the community around us — because the community matters to us. Do you believe in service, care about children and have an interest in our community?"

Kids & Us tutors willing to mentor, read and build relationships are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:20-9 a.m. at Batesville Intermediate School. The coordinator says, "If you are not available on both days, no problem! We are happy to work with your schedule."

After a simple background check and brief training session, tutors will be paired with students by Seig and school personnel.

She explains, "The job is simple: read and be a friend. If there’s time, we encourage you to play a game or do a puzzle together. No special skills are needed and any materials will be provided."

Helping children learn to read is important. According to "Students First, Statistics About Education in America," “Students not reading well in third grade are four times more likely to drop out.”

The coordinator points out, "This is a great opportunity for so many. ... Even if it is just one time a week or a couple of times a month, all the help is appreciated."

Interested persons may visit https://kiwanisofbatesvillein.org to complete the Kids & Us tutoring application and background check.

Persons with questions may contact Seig at ritaseig@seigsurveying.com or BIS principal Dana Cassidy at dcassidy@batesville.k12.in.us or 812- 934-5701.

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