“I decided to become a volunteer reading tutor because I know the importance of children being able to read and comprehend what they are reading. Good reading skills should begin at an early age along with basic learning skills and hopefully I can make a difference in at least one child’s life,” as profoundly professed by Linda Pick, tutoring volunteer in Martin County.
Linda Pick is a 4C’s (Caring Children, Clothing Children) volunteer assigned to the 4C’s ‘Reading on Wheels’ literacy program at J.D. Parker Elementary School located on Palm Beach Road and SE 10th Street in Stuart. Linda and her husband are both retired and came to Florida seven years ago from New Jersey. While Linda and her husband enjoy many activities as retirees such as ballroom dancing and playing tennis, Linda always makes herself available for tutoring the students at J.D. Parker Elementary, a Magnet school in the Martin County school district servicing the east Stuart area.
These are the sentiments expressed by Linda Pick as a 4C’s volunteer reading tutor:
“The 4C’s ‘Reading on Wheels’ literacy program at J.D. Parker Elementary is enjoyable for me because it establishes one-on-one involvement with each child. I try to have the children view reading as a pleasurable activity so that they enjoy reading. If they enjoy reading it will become a daily activity for them. A child that is a good reader is a confident child and has a high level of self-esteem. The reading material that the 4C’s provides has very interesting stories and entertaining tales to keep them challenged and focused with their reading.”
Linda Pick is not only a diligent reading tutor in the 4C’s ‘Reading on Wheels’ literacy program, but she is also an advocate that talks about volunteering to just about everyone in the Martin County area encouraging those that have an hour or two available to become a tutor or work in the 4C’s store to help out in the community.
The 4C’s store (the “caring children” are the Martin County children that donate their gently used clothing to help clothe needy children) provides needy children with quality clothing at no charge.
The 4C’s also have an in-store literacy program which promotes the reinforcement of pre-literacy skills, as well as teaches reading skills to children. A volunteer offers each child who comes to the store two books to take home and keep for their own.
Thanks to non-profit groups like the 4C’s that recruits tutors, train tutors and place them in their “Reading on Wheels” literacy program at J.D. Parker and Port Salerno Elementary schools. Special thanks to Linda Pick for being a volunteer reading tutor in our schools and for sharing her tutoring experiences and views.
Ref: The 4C-Club of Martin County, 171 SW Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34991 TEL: (772) 221-8777