Reading to Kids News
May 31, 2002
Recent Grants Help Fuel Reading to Kids Effort
We recently received two grants that will greatly aid us
in our continuing mission of helping children to learn the joy
of reading. Hilton Hotels Corporation gave us a grant of $5,000,
and for the third consecutive year, the Roth Family Foundation
gave us a $1,000 grant.
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.
Generous donations from
foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals help us
to realize our goals and are greatly appreciated! To learn how to
make a donation, please
Thanks to UCLA Alpha Phi Omega and UCLA Golden Key
Honor Society for Used Book Donation!
UCLA's Chi Chapter of the Alpha
Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the UCLA Golden Key Honor Society held a
book drive to collect used books for the home libraries of each student who
participated at the May 2002 reading clubs at Gratts Elementary School. Thanks
to their efforts, each child at Gratts was able to pick a quality book to take
home at the conclusion of the reading clubs.
"I find the kids to be really enthusiastic and excited about attending the
monthly reading club," noted Alpha Phi Omega Chapter President Tiffany Lin who,
along with several other members of her organization, also volunteered as
readers on May 11. The books that the kids were able to take home will
hopefully provide them with even more opportunities for reading enjoyment
outside of school.