"Pirate Pals" needs mentors to help improve reading levels of struggling 4th graders

"Pirate Pals" aims to help struggling fourth graders with reading

Vidor Independent School District is looking for mentors to volunteer for “Pirate Pals” a new program to improve reading levels for struggling 4th graders.

Pine Forest Elementary 4th grader Brayden Bailey urges responsible adults to sign up before the program sets sail next month.

“I think some people need help with it sometimes because everyone needs help sometimes,” Bailey said.

Reading is his favorite subject. His favorite book: diary of a wimpy kid.

“I like (reading) most because you can gain a little more knowledge through words a little more than numbers,” Brayden said.

District spokesperson Sally Andrews said mentors will spend 30 minutes a week reading with a 4th grader.

Volunteers have the ability to pick the school they will volunteer at and their schedule.

The district is accepting volunteers from all parts of the region. 

“(You) don’t have to live in Vidor to do this, (you) just have to care about kids,” Andrews said.

Pirate Pals aims to get all kids caught up in reading so they can sail into success. 

“Reading’s not just for 4th grade its forever,” Andrews said. “When you learn to read well, you do better in other subjects.”

Even with high school graduation nearly a decade away, Brayden knows the benefit of being a good student today.

“As you get older you will have harder words to read,” Bailey said. “Harder words to read means you have to get a step ahead to know them.”

Andrews expects the program to launch on October 17

(© 2016 KBMT)


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