Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reading To Kids

Photo Credits: Reading to Kids

by Adam Zelin

Reading to Kids is a charitable, grassroots organization that focuses on passing along the joy of reading to kids who come from low-income homes in the Los Angeles area.  On the second Saturday of every month, volunteers travel to seven Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary schools to meet with almost 800 children and more than 300 other volunteers.  Both the volunteers and the kids are so passionate about reading and learning; they spend their Saturday mornings at school!

At the Reading Clubs, volunteers pair up and read out loud to small groups of children organized by grade level (Kindergarten through 5th).  This allows the kids to get the individual attention and help that they’re unfortunately not always awarded in their large classrooms.  Reading to Kids volunteers also work with the parents, training them on how they can help enhance their kids’ passion for reading and learning at home.

Each month, Reading to Kids gives every child participant a book for their own personal collection (more than 96,226 books since 1999), and donates the book of the month from each grade to each school’s library (more than 17,334 since 1999).  Learn more about volunteering your time on an upcoming Saturday morning, or donating your car, books, materials, money, and other needed items.

Reading to Kids is also actively working to expand the library resources of Los Angeles schools that do not have the means to provide their students with fully-stocked libraries. By teaching the wonders of reading, these kids will experience the thrill of learning at a young age, thus increasing their desire for education and school down the road.

Adam Zelin and his dad have been volunteering at Reading to Kids since 2010.  Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success.

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