Nearly every day, a group of Lincoln High School students trade their high school hallways for some hallway reading at Elliott Elementary School.
They gather reading materials - a timer, and a few a other necessities, including hallway tables - and listen to Elliott students. They listen to their stories, they hear them becoming better readers, they hear them celebrate the little steps.
And throughout the second-floor hallway, the third-graders find their mentors, and get to work.
The program is designed by City Impact. This program pairs challenged readers with an adult who sits with and guides the student as he or she accomplishes fun reading assignments. The Impact Reading Center seeks to ensure that every student in Lincoln’s Public Schools is reading at or above grade level.
For the Links, it's an investment in the community.
LHS senior Je'Kerra Hopper remembers the feeling of struggling to read as a younger child. She took advantage of extra reading strategies as a junior so she could pass the required reading exams to graduate.
"I understand where they are coming from," said Hopper, who hopes to become a police officer. "I still do."
At the end of the hallway, fellow LHS senior Race Schuurmans remembers reading to older students when he was younger, too. Now he's happy to be that older student who helps.
"They are improving their reading skills and they get to learn from someone who they know is going to graduate high school," he said. "They can see that as a goal."
A little further down the hallway, LHS senior Christie Do and Elliott third-grader Dylon move up a level of reading.
Dylon's favorite part, "That you get to read, and have fun with them."
Christie said it's obvious the students want to read and read at a higher level.
"I don't really feel like a teacher, I feel more like almost like an older sister because I ask them how their day is going," she said. "And sometimes they are tired, or really excited."