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Three Polk Seniors named "Outstanding Volunteers" in Teen Trendsetters Program
Three Polk Seniors named "Outstanding Volunteers" in Teen Trendsetters Program

Three graduating seniors from Polk high schools have been named Outstanding Volunteers in Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program.

Chosen for this honor were Roxana Aguilar of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes High, Audra Jordan of Lakeland High and Jasmine McKnight of Bartow High.

Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters reading mentors program has 45 high school students at 4 Polk high schools tutoring 60 at-risk second and 3rd graders in reading. Frostproof Senior is the fourth Polk high school to have the program in addition to Bartow, Chain of Lakes and Lakeland.

The elementary students receiving the tutoring are at least six months behind their peers in reading skills. The high school students meet weekly with these students and the high school students have received training in reading, mentoring and leadership to participate in the program.

Roxana, Audra and Jasmine have been honored as outstanding volunteers in the program for their commitment and going above and beyond as a Teen Trendsetter.

Roxana tutored students at Winter Haven’s Elbert Elementary, Audra volunteered at Lakeland’s Dixieland Elementary and Jasmine worked with students at Bartow’s Floral Avenue Elementary.

The Teen Trendsetters reading mentor program began in Florida in 2002.  There are 56 high schools statewide serving 60 elementary schools and 3,500 students. The program provides free books to bring home for elementary students receiving the mentoring.

Statistics show that elementary students receiving the tutoring in the Teen Trendsetters program improve their reading performance by more than 50 percent and as a result of receiving the tutoring are twice as likely to pass standardized reading tests.

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