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Racing Readers

Racing Readers is a program created in partnership with the Surrey School District and the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. This after-school program is designed to fill the need for an increased level of physical activity, literacy and numeracy skills among children in grades 2-5. For the 2017/2018 year, Racing Readers will operate after school from October to June at:

  • Betty Huff Elementary School once per week on Tuesdays 2PM-5PM, and
  • Newton Elementary School once per week on Wednesdays 2PM-5PM 

The program will seek to improve the well being of students in physical, educational, and social areas. Students will be lead through the program by high school, university and adult mentors who will 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 in both the physical and literacy aspects of the program.

The following is a sample daily schedule:

2:40pm - students arrive, attendance taken, students organized into groups

3:00pm - circuit training / warm-up

3:15pm - relay race games

3:30pm - running

3:45pm - games

4:00pm - snack, word of the day discussion and writing in journals

4:20pm - reading or numeracy activities

4:55pm - clean up


Learn more about the program by reading the following volunteer testimonials!

Racing Readers in the News!

If you are interested in this opportunity, send an email to with a brief summary of yourself: name, program, whether you are an SFU student (what year) or alumni, any relevant previous experience or training, and your contact information (email and phone number).

Be sure to include if you are interested in volunteering on both Tuesdays (Betty Huff Elementary) and Wednesdays (Newton Elementary) – or just on one day per week.