Book Buddies Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Book Buddies program, started by Curry professor Marcia Invernizzi, celebrates its 25th year in operation.
Book Buddies, a tutoring program created in Charlottesville City Schools which has since spread across the state and nation, is turning 25 this spring. Organizers will celebrate with a reception on May 10 from 4-6pm at the Carver Recreation Center (233 4th St NW). Past volunteers, teachers, parents, students -- and others who have supported or participated in the program -- are welcome to attend.
"We can add up the years of reading intervention (25) and the number of hours volunteered each year (3,000 or more) but there's no way to measure the program's positive impact. It is a huge contribution of time and talent," notes Jeanette Rosenberg, Book Buddies Coordinator.
Originally established in Charlottesville City Schools, the model was developed by U.Va. Curry School of Education professor Marcia Invernizzi. The Book Buddies concept was documented in Invernizzi's book of the same title, and the program has attracted widespread national attention at reading conferences, in professional journals, and in schools across the country that now use the model. The Book Buddies Program was the recipient of the Virginia State Reading Association’s 1997 Literacy Award.