Beginning Sept. 13, Wilton Congregational Church will offer a 12-week Reading Buddies program for kindergarten through 12th graders every Tuesday after school.

Aligned with the Common Core and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards, the program promotes literacy and character development and helps develop core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility and respect for others.

From 4 to 5:30, students in the program will hear engaging books and make connections to their own lives. They will also express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement and writing.

Students can take a bus directly from school to Wilton Congregational Church at 70 Ridgefield Road. Parents can also drop off their child or stay with them during the program.

There is a $40 suggested donation for the full 12-week program and $15 per additional child. Registration is available online and in-person through Monday, Aug. 29.

Information and registration: 203-762-5591, wiltoncongregationalchildren.net.