Bookmark Buddies


Important Announcement

The program is currently not operating due to COVID-19 restrictions and school closures.  Please check back for the latest updates.

Bookmark Buddies

A literacy based mentoring program that helps third grade students improve their reading skills and score a Level 2 or higher on the Florida Standards Assessment Test (FSA).Our program recruits volunteer mentors to help improve the reading skills and self-confidence of low performing students in Osceola County. Mentors meet at the school for thirty minutes a week, one-on-one, throughout the school year to give students that extra push to become successful readers and lifelong learners.No prior tutoring experience is necessary and all materials are provided making for an easy and fun volunteer experience!


Just the FACTS:

  • The typical middle-class child enters first grade with about 1,500 hours of picture book reading time, while a low-income child averages just 25 hours
  • 43% of people with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty and 17% receive food stamps.
  • 70% of people with the lowest literacy skills have no full or part time job.
  • Workers who lack a high school diploma earn an average monthly income of $452 compared to $1,829 for those with a college degree.
  • 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties.

Studies show that children who are not fluent readers by fourth grade are likely to continue struggling with reading into adulthood.  It is essential that we make early identification and intervention of reading problems to ensure our children’s success in both school and society.



 Register as a Volunteer with the Oasis Department

Take the time today, to make a lifelong difference for our tomorrow.  To become part of the Bookmark Buddies, contact Jamie Domres at, or call the Education Foundation at 407-870-4855.