Reading is linked to high school success. That’s because children are learning to read for
the first few years of school, but after third grade, they’re reading to learn. Without strong reading skills they fall behind, disengage and often, drop out.
But kids with reading mentors not only benefit by having a dedicated one-on-one tutor, they also have increased attendance, increases in social and emotional learning, and decreases in school misconduct.
For as little as one hour per week you can provide the foundation for a local child to be successful in school and beyond.
The Little Library initiative allows local churches and businesses to set up a small library of children’s books in their lobby or office to share with children. The books can be borrowed or taken, as long as the kids promise to continue reading them at home. Currently more than 15 churches have Little Libraries and more are scheduled to come on board in the next few months.
We’re also looking for new businesses and groups to host Little Libraries. To find out how your group can help, visit our Little Libraries page for contact info.
Through all of our St. Lucie Reads partners we are working to get books into the homes of struggling readers. If you have gently used children’s books or would like to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to purchase books, please contact us.
VOLUNTEER AT EVENTS
The partners of St. Lucie Reads host and attend several events throughout the year to promote reading. If you or your business or civic group are interested in volunteering at these events, please contact us.