SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, in partnership with Leland F. Norton Elementary School and the San Bernardino City Unified School District, Horace Mann Insurance and Kiwanis of Inland Center, will launch its inaugural STEM Reading Buddies program on Friday, September 6 at 8:45 a.m. The Reading Buddies volunteer program calls on business, civic, community and education leaders to provide literacy support by committing to reading to students once a month throughout the school year. The public-private partnership supported by local business, civic and service groups, community and faith-based organizations has been created and expanded countywide to include East Valley, West End and High Desert school districts. The Norton Elementary program will kick off with an assembly, refreshments and reading at 8:45 a.m. Future Reading Buddies dates for the school are: October 11, November 15, January 24, February 21, April 4 and May 19, which culminates with a finale celebration. Leland F. Norton Elementary School is located at 741 N. Mountain View in San Bernardino. Business or community members who would like to join the voluntary reading program should contact Suzanne Wagers at (909) 388-6534 or Linda Miranda with the County Schools office at (909) 476-6165.