TUTORS AND students involved in a successful Paired Reading Programme in New Ross Vocational College were presented with certificates in recognition of their work last Tuesday.
This initiative was funded by the Department of Education and Science and the Junior Certificate School Programme.
Volunteers from the Leaving Certificate Applied Class were initially trained in Paired Reading and then matched with first year students.
They read each day for thirty minutes for five weeks.
During the presentations Principal Suzanne Barrett spoke of the enormous benefits of the programme and of the relationship that developed between the students and tutors which had such a positive impact on the students' confidence and reading ability.
As one visitor to the class noted ' there was such a buzz in the room when I walked in, not one person looked up. They were all so engrossed in their reading'.
'The programme was so successful that it is hoped to run it again with First Years next year,' said Grace Reddington, Learning Support Teacher and organiser of the programme.