Change a Child’s Life for the Better

Reading is FUN-damental

Research shows investing in young children is the most effective way to give them a chance to succeed in school and in life.  Early literacy is a key strategy to academic success.  UWCF’s ReadingPals program is a meaningful volunteer reading program that helps Kindergarten students establish a foundation for reading by improving vocabulary, listening skills, comprehension, and visual and auditory memory.

Volunteers interested in becoming a ReadingPal will receive training and will be matched with Kindergarten children in 2 Highlands County schools near your home who can benefit from this focused reading time.  Participating schools are Memorial Elementary and Park Elementary.  For more information or to register as a ReadingPals volunteer, contact Sylvia Palmer by calling 863-648-1500 x278 or email Sylvia.Palmer@uwcf.org<mailto:Sylvia.Palmer@uwcf.org> or visit our website at www.uwcf.org<http://www.uwcf.org>.
Editor’s Note:  I became a Reading Pal last year at Memorial.  While it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, the frustration of the early weeks was overcome by seeing small steps of progress in these 5 and 6 year olds.  When we first started in September, my kids (we get 2 children at a time for 30 minutes, then 2 more for another 30) could not identify the cover of a book, what the page numbers meant, or which was the first word on any given page.  Isn’t that sad?  Now I can just bet that you read to your kids and grandies, and they had a huge advantage in kindergarten.  Aren’t they the smartest kids in the classroom?  It’s because someone read to them regularly.  

All the books, study guides, and supplies are furnished in the classroom.  And not every book on the list will hold the kids’ interest, but some will, and that’s half the battle – to make reading fun!  – Shirley Kabet, Editor

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