HOSTS reading program recognized

The HOSTS program at Brady Elementary School has been awarded a “superior” rating in program implementation by the HOSTS learning corporation. HOSTS, an acronym for Helping One Student To Succeed, is a volunteer-based mentoring program which helps students to make accelerated gains in language arts. The Brady program serves students in grades one through three, and volunteer mentors worked with 48 children during the 2002-2003 school year. “Recognition given to the Brady program reflects student growth in both academic and non-academic areas,” said campus principal Kelley Hirt. The HOSTS program has classes for children in 30-minute time segments, Monday through Thursday. HOSTS staff, Mary Ann McCarver and Toni Muniz, have been ably assisted by more than 100 volunteer mentors from the Brady area. Mentors include Brady High School PALS and employees from Brady National Bank, Brady Standard-Herald, N Business Journal, Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, the county clerk’s office, Young’s Jewelry, Oglebay Norton and Berkly Enterprises, as well as retirees and other people who chose to give their time. Most HOSTS volunteers mentor for one to two sessions per week; however, mentor Ellen Evans mentors each day. “Our volunteers are an irreplaceable resource in the success of the program,” said Mrs. Hirt. “Classes are forming now for the 2003-2004 school year.” Anyone interested in learning more about the HOSTS program, should contact the HOSTS lab at Brady Elementary School at 597-2590.

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