What Do Volunteers Do?

The Letters, Sounds and Words program is a fun and engaging way for community members to be involved in helping young children learn to read. The program was designed specifically to engage volunteers with little to no previous experience working with children. The required training, prescriptive program manuals, and enjoyable activities make it easy for anyone volunteer.

Volunteer’s work one-on-one with a child aged 5-7 in a local school, playing carefully designed games and activities that boost literacy skills. The games are organized in 4 strands: Letters, Sounds, Words, and Building Words, and children are enrolled in 2-3 strands at a time. It is often the case that a child will see multiple volunteers each week, depending on their volunteer’s availability. Examples of games include: board games, books, matching games, movement games, and even versions of games that are similar to other popular games like bingo and twister. Not only do volunteers help young children learn to read, they help build their confidence.

Training sessions:closest schools to HORO:


9/25/2019 -9:30-11:30 – Westmount Public School – Kitchener

9/26/2019 – 9:30-11:30 – Edna Staebler Public School – Waterloo


10/29/2019 – 1:00-3:00 – A.R. Kaufman Public School – Kitchener

9/23/2019 – 4:00-6:00 – Cedarbrae Public School – Waterloo


10/02/2019 – 7:00-9:00 – Forest Glen Public School – New Hamburg


For additional training sites click on the link below:



If you are interested in being a STRONG START volunteer, contact:

Lori Tait – Principal -Lori.Tait@WCDSB.ca

Jan Dyck – Strong Start Coordinator – dyck.jan@yahoo.com