HBADE has selected Read Aloud Delaware as our Volunteer Program. The Associates Council spearheaded this community service initiative and the Board of Directors recently voted to approve it. A great cause. You will be hearing more about this from us in the near future.
In an effort to “pay it forward”, HBADE would like to ask members, staff of members, spouses, or anyone with an interest to volunteer to read to children in their school for about an hour a week or a month, or whatever you can do. Jacki McCulley has been reading for some time now and finds it very rewarding that the children she reads to are greatly appreciative.
The need for this program is very disturbing. Did you know 1 in every 6 adults has less than an 8th grade education. And that each year approximately 2,000 students drop out of high school. And that over 80% of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books and other print materials. These children need a better start to improve their chance of success in later life. And today’s children are our future.
Visit readalouddelaware.org and complete an application. Reading opportunities exist statewide. Then you will need to be fingerprinted and background check (they are very careful about the safety for the children). Then you attend a one-hour “orientation/training” session. This is a very simple process. I just completed the “training” and will be reading soon to some young kids in a school.
Helping a child become a better reader is so rewarding, and allowing a child to read to an adult is a wonderful way to work on those reading skills.
Please consider offering a small amount of your time, it will make such a difference!