Corey enjoyed the reading program and also thinks his reading has improved.
"[student2student] was fun. [My buddy] reads half of the book and then I read half of it. [When I make a mistake] I would ask her to spell it and sound it out and I asked for help," he says.
Jean, who has cared for Corey since he was baby, has received support and financial assistance through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program since Corey started kindergarten. She is grateful for both the financial support she receives and the access to programs like student2student which support Corey's learning and, reading development.
"It's very hard because I find kids are struggling at school to keep up and get an education today. Corey is very lucky because he's got me. A lot of kids don't have the support of their parents. I put myself out there to make sure he's getting the best education. Everything [from The Smith Family] is a great help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm so happy and pleased with The Smith Family. I'm so grateful," Jean says.
An evaluation of student2student showed that 95% of students who took part in the program improve their reading age.
student2student participant, Corey