WHAT IS READ TO A CHILD?
Read to a Child is a visionary nonprofit organization that creates better opportunities for children and strengthens society as a whole by inspiring adults to read aloud to children. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that greatly increases the child’s literacy skills and his or her likelihood for success in the future.WHAT IS THE LUNCHTIME READING PROGRAM?
Read to a Child’s flagship lunchtime reading program matches business professionals with a schoolchild for a rewarding, one-on-one, weekly read aloud session during the child’s lunch break. The program provides a straightforward mechanism for citizens to become engaged in students’ educational and socio-emotional outcomes, increasing children’s prospects for becoming healthy, productive members of society.WHERE IS THE SCHOOL LOCATED?
Corporate partners are paired with a local elementary school within 15 minutes of their office so it is convenient for employees to volunteer during their lunch hour.WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE? WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT? The
lunchtime reading program runs for 30-45 minutes at the school during the student's lunch period, typically during the hours of 11am-1pm. Reading Mentors attend sessions with their student once a week or every other week from October until May or early June.HOW ARE THE CHILDREN SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM?
Teachers select specific students to participate because they are 1) behind their age group in reading proficiency; 2) would benefit from the attention of a caring adult; 3) and/or are not read to at home.I’VE NEVER BEEN A READING MENTOR. WILL I RECEIVE ANY TRAINING?
Yes. All volunteers will receive training, either in person or online.I’M REALLY BUSY AND TRAVEL FOR MY JOB. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
The lunchtime reading program is designed to be flexible and convenient, allowing busy professionals to volunteer as mentors. You can pair up with a colleague to be matched with the same student. You can then alternate, attending sessions for 30-45 minutes every otherweek. Also, if something important comes up at work, you can always let the School Coordinator know that you need to switch your reading session to another day.ONCE I JOIN THE PROGRAM, WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR CAN’T MAKE IT TO MY SCHEDULED READING SESSION FOR THE WEEK?
The program is well-managed by a School Coordinator staffed at each site who maintains a 24 hour voicemail line. If you have questions, or cannot make it to your reading session you can call the School Coordinator to notify them or reschedule your session for another day that week.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2-4x monthly at lunchtime during the school year
- This opportunity takes place in the middle of the day.