May 21, 2011//Reading to Kids
I loved volunteering with Reading to Kids. In fact, I’m a little surprised I didn’t donate to it sooner, and had to triple check my records. The name is self-explanatory, but every 2nd Saturday of the month, volunteers go to one of seven elementary schools in Los Angeles to read with groups of children. The kids are separated by grade into small groups of ~10, and 2 volunteers read an assigned book with them. This isn’t just your average storytime—no, volunteers try to really involve the children with the book, through various activities, Q&A and anything creative they can come up with in about an hour and a half. At the end of the morning, the kids get to take their very own book home!! wooooohoo! :)
The reading program helps public school children, many of whom have limited language abilities, learn to read and love doing it. It also shows parents the importance of reading, as they see how their children are affected by it.
If you live in Los Angeles, I highly recommend trying your hand at volunteering. If not, you can help buy brand new books for children and teach them how important reading can be! Visit www.readingtokids.org.
Impact of Donation: Support the reading program and help purchase books for children and school libraries.
Hours Donated to Date: 36 hours
Dollars Donated to Date: $530.00