‘Senior Readers’ help students turn pages toward reading success

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Senior citizens lent their expertise on Tuesday morning, helping Commonwealth Elementary School students sharpen their reading skills.

It's part of the new "Senior Readers" program that  the school started this year.  Residents from the Watercrest, a retirement community, partnered with first and second grade students to read books.

"We try to have some struggling readers get a chance to interact with a grown up and practice reading with them," Commonwealth school counselor Anne Novak said. "Everybody really enjoys it. The kids are excited to be involved."

The program takes place every other week, for one hour at a time.