2017-08-30 / What's Happening

Read Aloud West Virginia volunteer orientation offered in Morgan County

Research shows that reading aloud to children of all ages increases comprehension levels, self esteem, and the desire to learn. Just as we know good nutrition and medical care are important in raising healthy children, we know that reading, singing and talking to children from birth are important factors in educating and preparing them for school.

Read Aloud West Virginia is a non-profit organization which seeks to change the literacy culture in West Virginia. In one of its most popular programs, volunteers go to classrooms and other community locations to read to children on a regular basis. The Morgan County Chapter will host a volunteer reader orientation on Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education office, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs.

Parents are the first and most consistent teachers in a child’s life. Read Aloud works to engage families and the community in education and to offer schools and families the tools they need to raise readers.

When volunteers go into the schools, they become role models who share stories that stimulate imagination, enrich vocabulary, build listening skills, and whet an appetite for a love of reading. I encourage anyone interested in volunteering for or learning more about Read Aloud to come to the September 6 orientation,” adds Bond.

For more local information on Read Aloud, call David Gladwell, 304-754-7586.

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