A volunteer program that helps struggling readers is expanding to more schools, and it needs more volunteers.

Book Buddies launched in spring 2009 with first graders in two high-poverty Charleston schools, and it’s been growing since then.

This year, it will more than triple the number of students it serves to 340, and it’s expanding into two more schools, for a total of eight. It’s also upping its volunteers, from 200 to 600.

Its goal is to serve all high-poverty elementary schools in Charleston and to expand into Berkeley and Dorchester schools.

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