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Two literacy programs support children

Celebrate National Literacy Week -- become a volunteer!

  1. Family Literacy works with Head Start preschoolers
  2. America Reads assists children in Kindergarten through 4th Grade

 

What do Family Literacy volunteers do?  View Video to Learn More

Reading to Preschoolers for Volunteers - View Video

Fun times await the special person who loves four- and five-year-olds! With just an hour or two each week you will read to a class, to small groups or one-on-one.  You can help children learn to love books while reinforcing their knowledge of letters, colors and numbers.  Learn how you can share your love of books with deserving children. Click to read about one volunteer's experience.  And another!

Classroom Locations

There are 25 Head Start classrooms throughout our area including Abington, Ambler, Conshohocken, Green Lane, Lansdale, Norristown, North Hills, Pottstown, Schwenksville, Souderton, Wissahickon, Willow Grove and now in Philadelphia.

 

Training

Meet with the Family Literacy coordinator to practice reading aloud and learn about Head Start.

 

Qualifications and Rewards

  • Have a love of interacting with children and understanding their needs
  • Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain the confidentiality of the learner
  • Be able to relate well to a variety of people
  • Be flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic
  • You will gain the absolute joy of helping a child learn to love books
  • You will become familiar with the wonders of children's literature
  • You will gain increased appreciation of the teachers who give their time to prepare kids for school
  • You can honor or memorialize a special friend.  A donation of $500 will purchase new books five Head Start classrooms or 100 students and we will add a personalized book plate in each book!

Contact Janis Glusman (610) 834-1040, ext. 16 or janisg@rsvpmc.org to learn how as little as one hour a week can change the life of a child.

 

Proud Program Sponsors

  Janssen Biotech, Inc.  

 

 

   
             

   

 

 

         
 

 

 

 


What do America Reads volunteers do?

Only after children learn to read can they read to learn!  America Reads is an initiative to help all children read well by 4th grade. Reading coaches work with selected students to help them become better readers and make reading fun.  Click here to learn about one volunteer's experience.

 

School Locations

Schools are located throughout Montgomery County's 18 and Delaware County's 9 school districts.

 

Training

An initial two-hour training outlines basic strategies to help the volunteer plan a coaching session.  Support, workshops, guidance, activities and games and expertise from reading specialists are provided throughout the year.

 

Qualifications and Rewards

  • Have a love of interacting with children and understanding their needs
  • Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain the confidentiality of the learner
  • Be flexible, patient, friendly and optimistic
  • Be willing to make a twelve-week commitment to the program
  • Be willing to work with an assigned student two hours per week
  • You will provide students with the coaching they need to become proficient readers

To learn how as little as two hours a week can change the life of a child contact us.

For Montgomery County contact Marion Silver (610) 834-1040, ext. 27 or marions@rsvpmc.org

For Delaware County contact Sandie Rollins (610) 834-1040, ext. 37 or sandrar@rsvpmc.org

 Proud Program Sponsor