But when Alex needed that extra helping hand, Champions like you were there, providing the support he needed, before he lost all self-belief.
Thanks to you, Alex could participate in The Smith Family’s student2student reading program when he needed it most. Alex was paired with a reading buddy. Reading buddies are trained volunteers who help primary school students to improve their reading skills by reading from the same book, two to three times a week over the phone.
“The student Alex read with was fantastic!” says Kathleen. “She was an older student – still young enough to talk to Alex, and not so old that she was parental with him!”
Alex and his buddy read together using mobile phones, connectivity and credit supplied by our major corporate partner Optus.
“That was really helpful,” says Kathleen. “If we had to be out of the house, we’d take the phone with us and they were able to do their reading wherever we went."