Eat, read, and play games

Select Mondays | 5:15 – 8:00 pm

This is a volunteer-based, relationship-building, and literacy program for Normandale Youth (grades 7-12) to engage with elementary-aged students in the Normandale Housing program. The youth eat dinner, play games, build relationships, and help elementary students with reading and homework.

Reading Buddies Dates

  • October 16
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • December 4
  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 26
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • May 20
    • Year-end celebration

Students will be transported from Normandale Lutheran Church to Hope Academy in the Minneapolis Philips Neighborhood. For everyone’s safety, all Reading Buddies participants are asked to be vaccinated.


  • 5:15pm – Gather at Normandale Lutheran Church and carpool with a donated meal to Hope Academy
  • 6:00pm – Check-in, dinner, and pair youth with Reading Buddies for homework, then games and fun
  • 7:30pm – Carpool back to Normandale Lutheran Church for pickup.


We still need help with four meals with four meals; all in the spring. Plenty of time to plan! It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the gift of a tasty meal with the kids and families. Feel free to pair up with someone if that is easier.


October 11, 2021


5:15 pm - 8:00 pm


Diane Lindquist