06 January 2012

Giving Back, One Book at a Time

There are so many ways to go with this post that I anticipate it being one big mess. Nevertheless, here I go.

I'm getting older (every year, ha ha) and I'm starting to question some things. Mostly purpose-based stuff, like why the heck am I here.

At the same time, I'm really happy with where I am. I love my husband and son. I have amazing friends. I enjoy my job. I'm at a place where I am comfortable and secure. So, naturally, I need to mess it up.

For several years now, I've assisted Read for Literacy with two of its fundraising efforts, mostly with marketing and promotion. I've also participated in one of the organization's fundraising events for several years. In December, I decided that I'm going to take that a step further and volunteer for RFL's Creating Young Readers program.

As a volunteer, I will read to literacy-challenged preschool and kindergarten students on a one-to-one basis once a week. I go through training Tuesday and should start reading sometime in the next few weeks.

Literacy has always been a cause of mine. I love to read. I love reading to BB and I love seeing his love of reading develop. It pains me that only 38 percent of U.S. fourth-grade students - and only 17 percent of low-income fourth-graders - read at or above the proficient level. Evidence shows that children who've participated in Creating Young Readers have "rapidly increased three important preliteracy skills - picture naming, alliteration, and rhyming - that have been shown to contribute to stronger reading skills. The children's teachers also noted substantial improvements in the children's behavior, ability to participate in class activities, and interest in reading and books."

I'm excited to get start and begin making a difference. If you'd like more information about Creating Young Readers, read this.


wrestling kitties said...

I think that is fantastic! I think that is such a wonderful thing to do.

When I was in college and an education major, I went to an inner-city school in toledo once a week. One of the things I helped with was reading. The kids WANTED to read so bad, but as the teachers said didn't get a lot of practice at home. It was awesome reading with them and helping them learn.

Can't wait to hear about your experience!

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

THIS is awesome.

I did this during college and it was the highlight of my life.