Wilton Congregational Church is offering an after school literacy program called Reading Buddies for students in grades K-2. Registration is now open on the church’s website.

According to the online description, Reading Buddies “promotes literacy and character development…and helps develop core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility and respect for others.” The program is also aligned with the Common Core Curriculum and the National Council of Teachers of English standards.

Children will hear engaging books read aloud or read them independently, and be helped to make connections to their own lives. They’ll be encouraged to express their feelings and consider ideas and concepts through discussion, drama, art, movement and writing.

The program runs every Tuesday from Sept. 13-Dec. 20, from 4-5:30 p.m.. Students can take the bus directly from Miller-Driscoll to Wilton Congregational Church, where a greeter will meet them. Parents can also drop-off, and they have the option of staying with their children as well.

Students can enroll with a suggested donation of $40 for the 12-week program, and $15 for each additional child. To register online and for more information, visit the Wilton Congregational Church website, or register in person on Monday, Aug. 29. Wilton Congregational Church is located at 70 Ridgefield Rd..