Los Angeles: Reading to Kids

Sponsoring Yale Group: 
Yale Club of Los Angeles
Co-sponsor(s): 
Yale Women LA
When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: 
Politi Elementary School See map
2481 W. 11th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Parking is available at the school. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Participants must register on-line at readingtokids.org. Please select the drop down menu for organizations and select “Yale University.”

Description: 

Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success in the future. To this end, Reading to Kids gathers on average 627 children and 345 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los Angeles elementary schools.

First-time volunteers participate in a training session about reading aloud to children. Returning volunteers review the books and develop topics of discussion and craft ideas. Children are signed in by teachers and administrators, and the fun begins at 10:00 a.m. The children are divided into several small groups by grade level.

First-time volunteers are paired with returning volunteers and assigned to each of these “reading club” groups. The volunteers read a pre-assigned book during a ninety-minute session, which also includes an arts and crafts project related to the book being read. At the end of the session, volunteers provide each child with a book of their own as a reward for attending.

While the reading clubs are taking place, teachers, administrative staff, or community groups provide training to the parents of the attending children on how to continue the benefits of the reading club by reading to their children at home. Kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries receive book donations at the end of the reading clubs. These are important donations, as 60 percent of low-income homes do not have age-appropriate reading materials for children.

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