Skill-building activities are a primary focus of our services at Perry Wellness Center. One of the most frequent requests from peers is for assistance with building their reading skills.
Out of these requests has come a more organized effort to provide assistance with reading comprehension. After acquiring early reading-level books and other training materials, we began an early-morning reading table at the center. Before breakfast and the first groups of the day, one group of five peers gather around the reading table to practice their reading comprehension.
Wanda Liles has taken a leadership role in building our first reading table. Out of her efforts, one of her students is now ready to take his place at another reading table—this time providing peer assistance to others.
McArthur Thompson’s greatly improved reading skills led to the suggestion that he create another reading table, where he will provide reading assistance and prompts to other peers.
Our center founder, Stuart Perry, explains: “Many of these early-arriving peers use this time to study and improve their reading skills. We are excited about this peer-begun and directed program.” Many peers, Stuart notes are motivated by reminders that they will need reading skills as they prepare to take their driver’s license exams or study for their GED.
Our special thanks to Miss Wanda and McArthur, who set an example for us all. In the photo above, the former mentor and peer work together on skill-building strategies at the reading table.