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Praise from Volunteers

"My student said he never read and had no favorite book and now he says he reads at home and has many favorite books."
“He was always excited to see me, not just because I got him out of class or was older or because I was something other kids didn’t have, he was excited because he was getting better at reading and having fun while doing it.”
"My buddy was eager to learn more about me which enabled me to start connecting with my buddy."
"My buddy's reading level has increased along with his confidence in pronunciation. His love of reading is inspiring."
"I felt that I was not only there to improve my reading buddy’s skills, but that I was also there to be a positive role model in her life."

"As soon as he saw me every Tuesday, we would walk down the hall with a giant smile on his face and always give me a hug once he reached me."
"By the time our time in Sonya Project together had ended, she was bringing me new books she had practiced, sharing how she figured words out on her own, and asking for help more openly"
"I knew it was important to go every Tuesday whether I was exhausted from morning practice or was not feeling my best. Makenna always managed to brighten my day."
Praise from Teachers

"What a great project! This extra reading time and support was a great experience for the students selected!"
“All students showed significant growth in their reading!”

"Your volunteers have been phenomenal! Their genuine concern for my kids is so touching and has made a difference in the attitudes AND reading of these special little guys." 
"Thanks so much for your time, energy, and patience with all of your busy schedules! You are making a difference!"
"My kiddos loved it! They all wanted to go read with someone. It's what they looked forward to every Tuesday."
"A few of my girls really seemed to have a better attitude towards reading after the project started."
"I'm so impressed with the Sonya Project! Keep up the awesome work!" 
"Great project, keep up the great work!" 
 
For more information about the Sonya Project, please contact Katie Brunk at 217.245.3571 or katie.brunk@mail.ic.edu.  

    
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