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Racing Readers

Racing Readers is a collaboration between the SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre and the Surrey School District (SD36). This after-school program seeks to improve the physical, educational and social well-being of elementary-aged students in grades 2–5.

Have fun with kids AND help them learn!

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Students will be led through the program by high school, university and adult mentors (like you!) who foster companionship, support, discipline, and learning. Throughout the program, children will participate in physical activities, reading, writing and numeracy exercises, and will be served a healthy snack. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to celebrate their progress and success.

Whether you know it or not: you are already a success story. As an SFU student, your presence alone provides a connection to higher education that can actually make a concrete difference in a young student’s life. You are real, accessible, and fun. And learning can be that way, too.

Your role:

As a Racing Readers volunteer, you will help lead students through the Racing Readers after school program. You will help organize activity teams, coach physical activities and minor games, lead students through numeracy and literacy activities, and generally be a positive role model for respectful and fun learning.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop effective written/verbal communication skills;
  • Develop strategies to solve problems and select an appropriate course of action;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills;
  • Incorporate diverse teaching methods and strategies which are appropriate to addressing the needs of children and families;
  • Work effectively with diverse age groups;
  • Plan for and respond to issues of inclusion.

Other benefits:

  • Gain experience working with school-age kids in an elementary school setting.
  • Gain experience facilitating an afterschool program.
  • Gain demonstrable leadership and mentorship experience.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with other SFU students and volunteers.
  • Earn credit on your co-curricular record.

Program dates:

January 2019 to the first week of June, 2019.

Times & Locations:

Tuesdays, Betty Huff Elementary School (13055 Huntley Ave, Surrey), 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, Newton Elementary School (13359 81 Ave, Surrey), 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers will be asked to arrive at 2 p.m. for set-up, and stay until 5 p.m. for clean-up and debrief. Availability (i.e. missing sessions) can be negotiated ahead of time with the Racing Readers Program and Volunteer Leader.

How to apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill our our online application form or contact Trisha Dulku, Community Engagement Associate ( with your name, contact information, current program and year of study at SFU, and any previous relevant experience.

You will then be invited to take part in a short phone interview before proceeding onto next steps.

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Deadline to apply: Monday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Co-Curricular Record recognition badge

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at


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