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Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love...

Reading to Kids

July 16th, 2012

Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. Reading to Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Los Angeles, CA.

The reading clubs meet the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at eight elementary schools near downtown Los Angeles.

First-time volunteers begin the day by participating in a training session about reading aloud to children. While the new volunteers are being trained, returning volunteers participate in their own training program, focusing on improving the quality of our reading clubs. After the training sessions conclude, the new and returning volunteers are paired up, and they review the book they will be reading to the children while developing topics of discussion and craft ideas. While the volunteers prepare for the reading clubs, the children are signed in by teachers and administrators, while parents wait with their children and read books to them until the reading clubs begin at 10:00 a.m.

The children are divided into several small groups by grade level. Pairs of volunteers are assigned to each of these “reading club” groups. The volunteers read a pre-assigned book during a ninety-minute session, which also includes an arts and crafts project related to the book being read. At the end of the session, volunteers provide each child with a book of his or her own as a reward for attending.

Throughout the reading club sessions, teachers roam from classroom to classroom to facilitate book discussions and to assist in arts and crafts projects. In addition, while the reading clubs are taking place, teachers provide training to the parents of the attending children on how to continue the benefits of the reading club by reading to their children at home.


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