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Sight Word Busters volunteers help young Lincoln students read

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A Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School celebration Friday highlighted activities boosting reading skills of pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners and first-graders.

Placer Community Foundation presented a $5,000 check to Sight Word Busters, a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings volunteers to three Lincoln elementary schools to help strengthen their beginning literacy skills.

“I am proud and excited to have Sight Word Busters and their volunteers here to help us,” said Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School Principal Sharmyn Coyle. “We sometimes have difficulty recruiting enough volunteers to assist our teachers and we see the Buster volunteers strengthening the basic skills of our students.”

Coyle also praised Sight Word Buster volunteers from the Lincoln High School Post Secondary Education Program.  

“These young men are not only providing valuable help to our young students but they are also building their own leadership skills,” Coyle said.

Sight Word Busters founder/President Linda LoBue thanked the Placer Community Foundation for its support and commended her organization’s volunteers.  

“Our volunteers come from the local community. We have retired teachers, interested folks in the community, and parents and guardians of the young students. Through our Buster Buddies Program, we have upper grade students at our schools,” LoBue said, “who volunteer their time to help their younger fellow students master basic reading skills and now we have this invaluable assistance from these fine young men in the Post Secondary Education Program.”

Logan Lucas, a Post Secondary Education Program Buster member, enjoys working with the young students.  

“I like to be helping the young students,” Lucas said. “I get to learn new names and I enjoy the company.”  

Fellow volunteer Jefferson Callahan said he sees positive results with the Coppin transitional kindergarten students.

“I believe that these kids will be successful in school,” Callahan said. “They are just getting started but they are already identifying and pronouncing their letters.”

Also at the celebration were Carlin C. Coppin fourth- and fifth-graders, such as Josephine Sanchez, who went through the training and now assists beginning readers.  

“I like doing it,” she said. “I am happy to give up some of my recess time to help with the Busters. I think we are really helping.”

 Sight Word Busters has almost 300 trained volunteers helping at 20 schools in Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Auburn, Newcastle, Colfax, Meadow Vista and Sacramento. The three Lincoln schools are First Street., Twelve Bridges and Carlin C. Coppin elementary schools.

“We are always looking for more volunteers”  LoBue said. “You do not need to have any education background or training. We provide all the training, materials and ongoing support for our volunteers.”  

For more information about Sight Word Busters, call 530-887-8335 or visit  sightwordbusters.org.