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MASON CITY | In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa is celebrating the work of Reading Coach Volunteers.

RSVP Reading Coach Volunteers tutor and mentor middle school students to help them improve their literacy skills. In addition to tutoring in reading, volunteers are caring adults in the lives of the students they serve, empowering them to make smart choices that put them on a path to improved life opportunities. The RSVP Reading Coach Program is a certified mentoring program with the State of Iowa.

RSVP of North Central Iowa has over 20 Reading Coach Volunteers serving this school year as mentors. They meet with students each week to work on literacy skills and often develop strong bonds with students.

The following are Reading Coach Volunteers in North Central Iowa.

Forest City Middle School – Forest City: Judith Anderson, Mary Baxter, Barb Braun, Annette Bruns, Cheryl Burke, Paul Fitzgerald, Cheryl Hanna, Joan Hansen, Ken Hansen, Cynthia Korth and Mary Schaefer

North Iowa Middle School – Buffalo Center: Joe Angstman and Connie Brooks

West Hancock Middle School – Kanawha: Kathy Johnson and Jean Sheets

To become a Reading Coach, or for more information about RSVP of North Central Iowa, visit or contact 1-888-466-4222 ext. 4256, (641) 422-4256 or RSVP of North Central Iowa serves the counties of Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth.

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