United Way seeks to replicate Creslane’s success

Creslane IRC volunteers gathered for their end-of-year celebration June 5. From left, back row: Sue Baurer, Rebecca Salgado, Wanda Mae Brooks, Zody Donovan, Candi Riddle, Pam Spencer, Connie Runyon, Larry Badten, co-team leader Sue Bowers, Jayson Southmayd (with his service dog, Belle), Carolyn Beardsley, Ken Parramore, Verlean McCoy, Joanne Walker, co-team leader Eric Cullander; second row: Carolyn Hennen, Sherry Smith, Carol Faller, Judi Meador, Mary Keep, Val Moran, Paul Randall, Sandi Kenady, Verna Dey, Elaine McCoy; third row: Roger Scovil, Donna Samson and co-team leader Laurie Swanson Gribskov; front: Susan Bennett and Doug Allison. Gini Davis/The Creswell Chronicle

Creslane’s Intergenerational Reading Collaborative (IRC) program received ”gold star” accolades from volunteers, teachers and school administrators during its end-of-year celebration, held June 5 in the school library.
Praised for its volunteers’ dedication, teamwork and success at boosting children’s reading skills, IRC concluded its sixth year at Creslane, where 35 volunteers serve about 400 K-3 students in 16 classrooms.
”United Way is so impressed with our work that they are working to replicate the Creslane IRC reading program in three other districts via a grant they received,” said IRC co-team leader, Laurie Swanson Gribskov.
Eight to 10 new volunteers are needed for the 2019-20 school year.
More Summer Reading in the Park volunteers also are needed to read to children Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 25 through August 23 in Holt Park, in conjunction with Food for Lane County’s summer lunch program.
If you have good readings skills, enjoy kids and are interested in becoming a Reading in the Park volunteer, contact Creslane Elementary School at 541-895-6140 through June 27 about beginning the free, required background check.
To become a regular Creslane IRC volunteer, or for more information, contact Laurie Swanson Gribskov at [email protected] or 541-953-9145.



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