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
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.