Ready Reading volunteer army supports our students’ future growth and learning Page ContentParents, caregivers and community volunteers are helping to improve literacy for Queensland children through the Ready Reading program.Ready Reading volunteers support students to become independent and confident readers—helping them to develop their vocabulary, language skills and imagination—and setting them up with lifelong skills to support their future growth and learning.The program is a collaboration with Volunteering Queensland and provides training for volunteers in the essential components of learning to read, the art of reading and reading strategies.Trained volunteers are connected with local schools to participate in reading programs and provide students with extra opportunities to practise their reading, one-on-one with a volunteer. The program also helps to develop a culture of regular reading for the students involved.Junction Park State School has experienced the benefits of the Ready Reading program firsthand, with Literacy and Numeracy Coach, Jenni Lang-McIntyre saying they are always willing to welcome more volunteers. 'So many students benefit from additional reading support. We want to take on as many volunteers as the program can offer,' Ms Lang-McIntyre said. Other schools are looking to 'build an army of Ready Reading volunteers', with dedicated volunteer coordinators working to build the skills of volunteers so they can better support our young readers. The Ready Reading program is available across Queensland—with 294 volunteers now working in our state schools to support children to read.