Joanna Minnis, 20, a junior at James Madison University, helps Smithland Elementary School second-grader Cristian Lopez, 7, read during lunchtime on Thursday. Minnis is a volunteer in the new United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County initiative We Read to Succeed, which hopes to spin success stories for those with difficulty reading. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Alyssa Formica, 20, a sophomore at James Madison University, reads to Smithland Elementary School first-grader Blake Bailey, 6, during lunchtime Thursday as part of the We Read to Succeed initiative. “Reading was not my thing when I was younger. It was something that was a hassle for me more than anything else. When someone would read to me, that’s when I started picking it up,” said Formica.