Reading Buddies commit to reading 30 minutes a week for the duration of the school year.

A readSBISD initiative Supported by SBISD's Partnerships & Volunteer Programs office



To directly impact our students' early literacy, members of the SBISD Volunteer Advisory Board studied volunteer-led tutoring programs across the district to identify best practices.

From this study, and in partnership with our Academics team, SBISD launched the ReadSBISD Reading Buddies Program in Fall 2019.

What is the goal?

To increase 2nd graders' literacy levels while developing a lifelong love of reading by providing the one-to-one support of a trained, caring adult volunteer.



Volunteer Commitment

Reading Buddies meet with their student for 30 minutes a week for the duration of a school year. Training and resources are provided by SBISD.

The following schools participate in the Reading Buddies program*: 

  • Buffalo Creek
  • Cedar Brook
  • Edgewood
  • Hollibrook
  • Housman (volunteers provided by Memorial Drive Presbyterian)
  • Meadow Wood
  • Nottingham
  • Ridgecrest
  • Shadow Oaks
  • Spring Branch Elementary (volunteers provided by Chapelwood)
  • Spring Shadows
  • Terrace
  • Thornwood
  • Woodview (volunteers provided by St. Francis Episcopal)
  • Valley Oaks

*Programs recruit community volunteers to work with students. A school may use current parents from their campus at the Principal's discretion.

Sign-Up to Read!

1. Complete the SBISD Volunteer Application (select Reading Buddies as your Volunteer Function!).

2. Register to attend a Reading Buddy training. Dates/times listed in the sign up below!

3. Read with your student!

register for a Reading Buddies training



What's it like being a Reading Buddy?

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