Reading Mentors

Reading Mentors

Begun as a pilot program at Knight Elementary in Fall 2016, the Reading Mentors program developed out of a partnership between The Canby Center and The Canby School District.

The Reading Mentors program seeks to strengthen our community’s youngest readers. It expanded to 3 more local elementary schools this past Fall (Eccles, Lee, and Trost).

Volunteers meet with students once a week to enjoy a good book (or two or three). Student engagement is key to academic success and the mentors make reading fun!

Once a month students in the program choose a new, free book to take home!

Impact of Reading Mentors on Student Growth Goals

Pilot Year 2016-17

Change a Child’s Life in One Hour Per Week

How can one hour per week benefit a child?

One hour per week of reading with a child (K-3rd grade) during the school year will make a lifetime difference!

Your encouragement can

Keep a child in school. Students not proficient in reading at 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Your time will help a child

To develop their full potential.  42% of Canby third graders do not meet the reading standard. Without reading, these students are greatly limited in their ability to learn, work and to benefit the community.

Your attention impacts the community.

Help Canby to create a culture of confident children who love to read and are empowered to succeed.

Do you love to read?

Want to make a difference in the life of a child

simply by sharing a good book?

We need volunteers to serve as subs

for the remainder of the school year.

Each reading session is one hour long

(on Tuesday or Thursday).

If you would like to be included on the sub list

or have questions about the program,

contact Kathleen Hanberg

or tell us about your interest here…

Who can be a mentor?

You can! Here’s how:


* Be willing to share your love of reading

* Have a positive attitude

* Communicate with care

* Be reliable

* Pass a background check

Single language and bilingual volunteers welcome!

Check out our Online Book Drive! *

to help provide books for the students of our 2017-18 Reading Mentors Program.