Reading to Kids is an organization composed of volunteers working toward a simple goal - to help to provide children with an enthusiasm for reading. "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." (National Commission of Reading, 1985). Reading to Kids currently works with elementary schools near downtown Los Angeles to support monthly, school-sponsored Saturday reading clubs at those schools. At the reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of elementary school children. The reading clubs provide a fun and interactive environment for the kids, their teachers, and for the volunteers who donate their time each month. By helping children associate reading with pleasure, Reading to Kids seeks to promote improved reading and learning skills - skills that will help lead to a more successful future for the children who participate.
1600 Sawtelle Blvd Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025 USA
Reading, Literacy, Development, Education, Creativity, Read Aloud, Volunteerism
Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)
Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)
Voluntarism Promotion (T40)
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Monthly Reading Clubs
Reading to Kids is an ongoing program, with reading clubs offered on the second Saturday of every month. At the monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read grade-appropriate books aloud to small groups of children organized by grade level from K-5. Children listen to the stories, practice new words, and participate in discussions about the books. This method creates a fun, interactive experience that positively reinforces learning as children develop critical skills. The supportive reading club atmosphere encourages the children to take an active interest in the story—without the pressure of a formal school environment. After volunteers read the story, the children participate in a craft or writing project to reinforce the book’s themes.
Reading to Kids also gives each child a paperback book to take home for his/her personal library. We donate the hardcover read-aloud books to school libraries, allowing further reading and enabling teachers to use them in their classrooms.
During the reading clubs, Reading to Kids partners with teachers and school administrators to conduct parent training sessions. These sessions offer advice to parents on encouraging their children to read at home and provide them with information on their community’s educational resources; this empowers parents to take active roles in their children’s education. We also offer all participating parents a new book to expand their children’s home libraries.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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The goals of Reading to Kids are as follows:
• To promote improved reading and learning skills in elementary school children
• To develop the library resources of participating schools through book donations
• To furnish children with books for their homes
• To provide enriching and rewarding volunteering opportunities
• To bring the successful "reading club" program to other elementary schools
The primary goal of Reading to Kids is to promote improved reading and learning skills in elementary school children--skills that may help lead to a more successful future for the children who participate.
Many students living near downtown Los Angeles reside in a densely populated area with numerous apartment and commercial buildings and little or no access to safe recreational areas. Many of the children in this area are from low income families, are recent immigrants to the country, are limited-English proficient, and have room for substantial improvement in their reading test scores. Helping these students is our highest priority.
By bringing volunteers, ranging from college students to young professionals to retirees, into neighborhood schools to read to these children once a month, Reading to Kids aims to help these children associate reading with pleasure and to promote the value of education and literacy. Furthering these goals are parent workshops in which teachers provide training to the parents of the attending children on how to continue the benefits of the reading club at home.
Reading to Kids also strives to develop the library resources of participating schools through book donations. When books are purchased for use at the reading clubs, they are donated to the schools' libraries so that the children (and future generations of children) may continue to enjoy literary works that have been hand-selected by the schools' teachers. Furthermore, at the conclusion of each reading club, the children are provided with free "prize" books as a reward for their attendance. The goal is to furnish them with books for their homes that they and their siblings will continue to enjoy.
Another goal of Reading to Kids is to provide an enriching and rewarding volunteering opportunity to upstanding community members who may have limited time to give, but who sincerely wish to give to the community and touch the lives of others. The monthly reading clubs do not require a major commitment--volunteers can choose to volunteer at a reading club whenever their schedules permit.
Finally, Reading to Kids is working to bring the successful "Reading Club" program to other elementary schools in downtown Los Angeles. The program continues to succeed because of the generous support of foundations, corporations, schools, educators, and individuals and because of the overwhelming enthusiasm of the participating parents, children, teachers, and volunteers.
Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success in the future.
At our monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of children, while their parents receive training on how to encourage their children to read at home. Kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries receive book donations at the end of the reading clubs. These are important donations, as 60 percent of low-income homes do not have age-appropriate reading materials for children.
In addition to increasing the number of participating schools over time, Reading to Kids has shown increases in the percentages of students attending the monthly reading clubs as a result of increased outreach at the school sites and increased attention to the quality of the reading club experience.
Since its inception in 1999, Reading to Kids has given more than 140,000 prize books to children who attend the reading clubs, donated more than 25,000 hardcover books to school libraries, and our volunteers have spent more than 160,000 hours reading to kids.
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