This Week: 100 Books Needed for We Are Readers Summer Reading Program

End Date: Fri, 06/24/2011 - 11:59pm

Help The Reading Connection provide 100 children’s books for the We Are Readers summer reading program that kicks off today at the Ruby Tucker Family Center.

Remember how exciting it was to be 10 years old and discover your new favorite book? That’s the same excitement Jordan felt when he read The Lightning Thief with his Reading Connection volunteer a few weeks ago. Jordan didn’t just finish The Lightning Thief, he finished reading all five books in the series in less than a month!

We Are Readers is a terrific program that sends volunteers to read with children like Jordan in housing-crisis sites once a week to ensure they don’t lose reading skills over the summer. Studies have shown that at-risk kids can lose up to 2.6 months of instruction over the summer when reading and other skills may not be reinforced.  The goal of the program is to have every child reading for fun at least 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Take Action Today!

Click the Take Action button below to donate a book to The Reading Connection's We Are Readers program. We need your help to reach our goal of 100 books. You will be sent to The Reading Connection's Amazon Wish List, where you can select a book (or 2) that will make a real difference in a child's life. And thanks to the generosity of the RunningBrooke Fund, the value of your donation will be matched up to $500!

Just one book will help children keep their reading skills over the summer and inspire more children like Jordan, hungry for reading experiences, to become lifelong readers.

About Reading Connection
The Reading Connection (TRC) was founded in 1989. The Reading Connection’s four literacy programs, the Read-Aloud Program, the Book Club, Parent Workshops and Staff Trainings, offer a continuum of services to encourage at-risk families to promote reading.  In Fiscal Year 2010, TRC gave away a total of 9,000 books, reached more than 450 children in read-alouds, enrolled more than 1,000 children in the Book Club and held more than 35 workshops and trainings.

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