Santa came early to visit the students at the HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) reading lab at Brandon Elementary. HOSTS is a nationally recognized mentoring program that pairs a student who needs help in reading with a community member who wants to make a difference in a student’s life. With help from volunteer mentors, students receive the extra attention and encouragement they need to be better readers and better students.

The students meet daily with their mentor, and today Santa popped by bringing boxes crayons and coloring books for all of the students. He then read the book Twas the Night Before Christmas and took pictures with the students.

There are approximately 40 third grade students who are involved in the program, and 100 volunteers who come daily to read and engage with the students. The program could always use volunteers especially to help out in a pinch.

If you would like to be a HOSTS mentor to help make a difference in a child’s life, call 633-7629 to volunteer.