Volunteering 1 hour a week with Lead to Read makes big difference in child literacy


TODAY’S AGREEMENT APPLIES TO 7
COUNTIES ON THE STATE LINE. KRIS: LEAD TO READ AS A
VOLUNTEER EFFORT TO CREATE
COMMUNITY OF READERS ONE LUNCH
HOUR AT A TIME. LARA: IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET
INVOLVED THEY’RE ALWAYS LOOKING
FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS IN THE
KANSAS CITY AREA. THEN JENNINGS SHOWS US HOW EASY
IT IS.>>SHE HAD THE EXCUSES.>>LIKE EVERYONE IT IS HARD TO
FIND THE TIME.>>BUT LEAD TO READ PRESENTED AN
OPPORTUNITY.>>THEY CAME TO OUR OFFICE AND
APPROACHED ME.>>ONE HOUR EACH WEEK. READING TO CHILDREN.>>I THOUGHT ONE HOUR.>>THAT INCLUDES DRIVETIME.>>THAT IS WHAT THEY SAID.>>SUSAN JOINS HUNDREDS OF
VOLUNTEERS EACH WEEK READING TO
STUDENTS. GRADESCHOOL CHILDREN, MORE THAN
11,000 HOURS FOR THE WHOLE
SCHOOL YEAR. VOLUNTEERS SEE THE DIFFERENCE.>>SOMETIMES THEY WILL SURPRISE
ME. HE’LL READ A DIFFICULT PAGE AND
I’LL THINK WOW, HE DID NOT DO
THAT LAST WEEK.>>EVERY TIME I WALK TO THE DOOR
SHE IS JUST LIKE, MORE AGAIN AND
SHE WHIPS OUT HER BOOKS, AND SHE
IS SOUNDING OUT SOME REALLY HARD
WORDS. IT IS COOL TO SEE HER IMPROVE.>>THEIR GROWTH, WHAT THEY ARE
DOING, AND JUST BEING A PART OF
THAT IS AWESOME.>>JUST ONE HOUR EACH WEEK,
COULD NOT BE MORE SIMPLE.>>THEY’RE GOING TO TELL YOU
WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO, WHEN TO
BE THERE. THEY PAIR YOU UP WITH A STUDENT
AND YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE
YOU ARE THERE.>>SIMPLE AS THAT. LEN JENNINGS, KMBC NINE NEWS. LARA: LEAD TO READ HELPS KIDS IN
FIRST THROUGH THIRD GRADES
IMPROVE THEIR BASIC READING
SKILLS. KRIS: THERE ARE COUPLE WAYS TO
HELP. YOU CAN BECOME A MENTOR DONATING
YOUR LUNCH HOUR READING 30
MINUTES WITH AN ELEMENTARY GRADE
STUDENT ONCE A WEEK, TWICE A
MONTH, OR AS OFTEN AS YOU ARE
ABLE. OR YOU COULD SPONSOR A STUDENT,
$150 ENSURES A STUDENT HAS A
READING MENTOR. FOR

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