The annual West Liberty Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Rock and Read Orientation was held Thursday, Sept. 26, at St. Joseph’s Parish Life Center.
The orientation, sponsored by Elder Services, Inc. of Iowa City, introduces members to the Rock and Read program and focuses on intergenerational literacy.
Basically, the program gives one-on-one interaction between a younger individual and an older adult. In some cases the adult is similar to a surrogate grandparent, since many grandchildren live far from their biological extended families.
In turn, volunteers rekindle the kind of energetic and humorous communication children often provide. Additionally, the program fosters a teacher/student dynamic.
Currently, there are 16 RSVP volunteers assigned at the Early Learning Center, West Liberty elementary and West Liberty high school.
Volunteers promote education and encourage reading with their youth.
Attending the September orientation were Joan Cook (Director of RSVP, Elder Services, Inc. in Iowa City), Steve Hanson (Superintendent and Chief Administrator of West Liberty Schools), Nancy Gardner (Principal of West Liberty Elementary School) and Melissa Johnson (West Liberty Early Learning Center). All of the attendees expressed appreciation for the volunteer contributions and commitment.
Other RSVP volunteer opportunities in West Liberty include the Ride Program (medical transportation), the Pen Pal Program and Meals on Wheels.
Anyone wishing to become a volunteer for one to four hours per week may contact Betty Zimmerman (West Liberty RSVP Coordinator) at 319-627-2215.
Rock and Read orientation heldWednesday, October 23, 2013