The mission of Read to a Child is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.
Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, which is a key factor for success in school, work, and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence.
Overview of Read to a Child's Lunchtime Reading Program with interviews of volunteers, staff and elementary school teachers.
Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Another Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Yet another Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Lunchtime Reading Program
The mission of Read to a Child is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. To this end, business professionals and individuals in Miami are recruited & trained as volunteer reading mentors and are paired with underserved elementary school students. Once a week, during lunch, volunteers read aloud to the children, often from 1st through 4th grade. Having a caring adult, spend one-on-one time weekly with a child, has a huge impact on a child's reading skills & self-esteem. The program aims to prevent the 1/4 of low income students in the US that are not reading at grade level by 4th grade from dropping out of high school.
Last year, with 1800 volunteers, we served 1,400 students and 98% of children had measurable improvements in 10 reading & social skills. We operate in 31 urban elementary schools in the US, including the Downtown Miami Charter School & Pine Lake elementary in Miami. We seek funds to open new schools and serve more students in need.