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The Canby Center recently receive a $14,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to expand its Reading Mentors program from Knight Elementary School to three additional Canby elementary schools

STOCK IMAGE - The Canby Center is located at 681 SW Second Avenue next to Canby High School.The funds will be used to purchase books for children and to hire a program coordinator (part-time), expanding the program to Lee, Eccles, and Trost elementary schools in 2017-18.

"The Canby Center is delighted to partner with the Canby School District and the Oregon Community Foundation to help our emerging young readers become passionate about reading," said Ray Keen, executive director of The Canby Center. "Reading forms the foundation for education, employment, and personal growth. The children in our program read with their mentor once a week and take home a free book once a month throughout the school year enabling the child to build a personal library at home."

The Reading Mentors Program pairs community volunteers one hour a week with emerging young readers. In the pilot year at Knight Elementary School, children in the program met their reading growth goal 15 percent more often than those in a control group outside the program.

"The Reading Mentors program, underneath the Canby Reads initiative started by superintendent Trip Goodall is making a real difference. As someone who has daily contact with the homeless in Canby, I know firsthand that reading is essential to a person's dignity and economic sustainability," said Keen. ""We had 25 volunteers in the program this year, and we need about 75 more volunteers next fall to take the program to Trost, Lee, and Eccles elementary schools. One hour a week is all it takes to inspire a child on to a life of great opportunity."

People interested in volunteering in the Reading Mentors program may contact Kelley at The Canby Center at 503-263-1125 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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