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Jordi bridges reading gap

Written on the 30 May 2017 by scotch

Adelaide student Acacia was falling behind with her reading until she met her "buddy" Jordi Harbridge-Marks.

The Year 4 student, from Adelaide's northern suburbs, was struggling and sought help through The Smith Family's student2student program, which paired her up with Jordi, a Year 10 student from Scotch College.

Last year, Jordi, 15, helped Acacia, 11, to improve her reading through telephoned tutoring sessions.

In six months, Acacia improved her reading level by two years.

"I liked learning new words and making her my friend ... it helped my reading and English," Acacia said.

There are about 340 paired students from more than 70 SA schools participating in the program.


-- original article by Meagan Dillon appeared in The Advertiser, 30 May 2017. Photo: Dean Martin

Author: scotch

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