Student reading sessions were part of the day Tuesday at Racine Civil Leaders Academy. Older readers in sixth grade were paired with younger readers in second grade and asked to spend some time reading favorite stories so the bigs could help the littles and demonstrate good reading skills.

Formal and informal reading programs that pair older students with kids in lower grades help younger students see the value of reading and gives the pair a sense of accomplishment for having done something together. Like most other skills learned in school, reading skills get stronger with practice, according to the Reading Buddies program website.

“A reading buddies program allows older students the opportunity to develop fluency as well as a sense of pride in their accomplishments,” the site reads. “Because (reading together) provides success in literacy, students often become more positive about their ability to read and may also improve their reading skills.”