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Summer reading Mentors

Support in Walking Distance

Rose Garden Elementary school is a Title 1 school in the SCUCISD with over 50% of the student body receiving free or reduced fee meals at school.  

PIC has partnered a host site near the school. When the children arrive they'll be paired with a teen reading mentor; to spend time reading, playing educational games, hear a Bible story and eat lunch together. The children are also given a backpack of snacks to take home.


Children who qualify for free or reduced fee meals during the school year from Rose Garden Elementary are invited to attend. snacks children can take home. 

the need

By the end of 3rd grade, if a child is not reading on grade level, they are four more likely to drop-out of school.

66% of fourth graders scored below grade level on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress reading test.

Children that read below grade level, begin to perform poorly in other subjects by the fourth grade.

Reading aloud with a student improves their literacy skills. Reading 20-30 minutes/day, three or more days/week improves reading and comprehensionskills. 

our Impact

Fridays, June 7 - Aug 25, 2017

Teens from Clemens H.S. met with students from Rose Garden Elementary and the surrounding area. By the end of the summer bonds had formed, as the children arrived, they excitedly greeted their mentor with hugs. Click here to read more.

Summer 2018

Fridays June 8 - August 17, 2019

Some youth and teen volunteers returned from Summer 2017 and welcomed new children and teen volunteers in joining them. Click here to read more about Summer 2018.

Summer 2019

Fridays, May 31 - Aug. 16, 2019

Friday, May 31st teens, 7th - graduation started mentoring Kindergarten - fifth grade students. The group of Reading Mentors will meet weekly throughout the summer; connecting, reading together, practicing sight words and playing games in order to strengthen the younger students reading, comprehension  and critical thinking skills. The youth then attend chapel time and eat a nutritious lunch together.  

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A summer reading program can help reduce the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer break, also known as summer slide.  Additionally, reading aloud with a student improves their literacy skills.  At PIC we believe that a youth role model, meeting with students weekly to read, play and study the Word, will not only positively impact the child, and the youth volunteer, but can positively impact the community in immeasurable ways.


time commitment

Fridays, May 31 - Aug. 16

 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.



Local church campus in Universal City.  Exact location will be provided to volunteers.



 PIC provides volunteers with an introductory training on working with children and youth.




All volunteers must complete an application, background check, and interview with PIC leadership before being selected as a mentor.

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