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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: To inspire children's love of reading, touch their imaginations and creativity through books and build a community of successful life-long readers by providing trained, committed volunteers and new books to at-risk elementary aged school children.

Geographic areas served: Brevard County, Florida Title 1 Elementary Schools

Programs: Rolling readers has been sharing the joy of reading with brevard county children since 1997. Our mission is to develop in children a desire to be lifelong readers. Strong reading skills are the literacy foundation needed to help children achieve success in education. With well over 200 volunteers, we provide weekly read aloud sessions in classrooms (prekindergarten-fifth grade), and tutor/mentor services for struggling readers in second and third grades. During the 2014-15 school year, our mission reached out to 5,500 children, in 28 brevard county title i elementary schools. In march, each child received a hard cover book, as a gift from their rolling reader volunteer. For some, this is the first book they can call their own. Rolling readers is making a difference. . . One book at a time.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a second grade Read Aloud volunteer for twelve years. Each year is a treasure. Sharing books, ideas, thoughts and experiences with these students is one of the highlights of the week. To watch their understanding of literature grow throughout the school year is a joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. in 2009. I was a tutor for their one-on-one 2nd Grade Reading Skills Program. I worked with four (4) students who needed just a little more one-on-one time to improve their reading proficiency. I was thrilled when each student began to improve in the areas of comprehension and fluency and achieved their reading goals. One student, in particular, whose first language was not English, began to really blossom. Seeing them all move on to 3rd grade with renewed confidence in themselves as proficient readers was a joy! I love this organization so much that when they asked me to come work for them as part of a grant during 2010-11, I accepted. The grant has since expired, and I am still here as a part-time Program Coordinator, helping to schedule volunteers for all three of our programs, with a focus on the one-on-one program I used to do, and our 3rd Grade, Grade-Level Reading Intervention Program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been passionate about reading and wanting to see all young children have opportunities for educational advancement. So when I looked to my community for a place to serve, Rolling Readers came to the top of my list. This outstanding literacy organization places volunteers in one of three programs within the Title One schools in Brevard county. I have the privilege of volunteering in the tutor/mentor program. We work throughout the school year in a one-on-one relationship with reluctant second grade readers. It is amazing that when you give a little extra time and attention, a young child will blossom in front of your eyes. Last year I worked with a second grade little boy. Spanish was his first language and the only language spoken at home. Although he could read aloud the English words and understand each word separately, he did not seem to comprehend the entire story concept and his fluency was very very choppy. One day I can to tutor and he could not summarize what he had read the day before. I told him I would read aloud to him, up to where he had stopped. As I read, I made sure to be animated, giving all the characters their own voice. When it came time for my little reader to begin, he picked up right where I had left off. He was so filled with expression, but better yet, the entire story came together and he had complete understanding of the text. This was my student's true window of opportunity. From there, he just took off...his future bright. He became a reader!