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Lex 3 Panther Pals and Reading Buddies kick off the new school year

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Lexington School District Three’s Panther Pals and Reading Buddies are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of our children this year. The group got together on Thursday, September 7th, to discuss their goals and visions for the future and to talk about how they can improve their mentees’ reading and developmental skills this upcoming school year.

The Panther Pals and Reading Buddies program was created in the early 2000s and continues to be an important part of the district’s comprehensive literacy program. Research indicates that all students in grades K-12 benefit from reading aloud and from being read to by someone else. School administrators, teachers, and guidance counselors determine which children need to be a part of the program and then, each child is assigned a mentor. Mentors are made up of community members who are willing to volunteer their time at the Lexington District Three school of their choice.

Anyone who would like to sign up to be a mentor can contact Elizabeth Phillips, the program’s director, via email (

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