Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies Program Overview

The Reading Buddies Program pairs HGSE students, staff and other Harvard affiliated volunteers with second graders at the Amigos Elementary School, a dual language immersion school in Cambridge. During weeks when the second grade student group is instructed in English, Reading Buddy Volunteers read aloud and share conversation with students on designated Mondays during the spring semester from 12:00 to 1:20 pm.


With your guidance, students can have the opportunity to practice their oral language and listening skills. The goal of our program is to foster elementary students' love of reading, while strenghtening their reading skills. As you may know, students who become early readers typically demonstrate higher achievement in all subject areas.

The Reading Buddies Program is coordinated by the HGSE Office of Student Affairs through the GIVES Program, in collaboration with Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV), Inc.  Reading Buddy volunteers learn how reading aloud promotes literacy in a training session led by Amigos School educators and CSV staff. There is also a year-end picnic for students and volunteers.

To learn more about the Reading Buddies Program, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 617-495-8035 or email our staff contact member, Tracie Jones, who can be reached at