The volunteers at the Literacy Alliance have provided my students with incredible and engaging lessons that encourage reading for some of the area's most troubled youth. They have donated countless books to our library and inspired kids to read, write and share. A letter from a student:
Dear Ms. Keyes,
Thank you for joining us while we are in JDC. I really appreciated your time and presence because I know that was a privilege and you weren’t required to come in and talk to us. You taught me some things about reading to children that I was unaware of, I learned that they have to hear a word 9-14 times to learn a word and I also learned to not allow children up to 3 watch TV which is more important than most people realize, from now on I am going to take more of my time to read to my 2 young siblings to expand their vocabulary and all the other benefits that reading does.
Once again thank you for coming in and talking to us and getting my mind off things, I remember you from coming into one of my schools. I enjoy reading books in my interest so also thank you for the book, you’re really nice and welcoming and have a bright smile that brings joy. Thank you.
The Literacy Alliance has brought many smiles, giggles, and pure enjoyment to over 100 primary grade students, and their teachers, in my school. Through puppet shows, music with story books, magic, and much more my students experienced how fun it is to read! I am forever thankful to The Literacy Alliance for helping me instill a love of learning and reading in young readers.
We had our first experience with Literacy Alliance this year. What an amazing experience for us! They did two presentations for about 80 VPK children. The ladies were charasmatic, engaging and prepared. They did a wonderful job of mixing listening with actual participation. One lady even sent something home she had made to remind the children of one of her stories. The children loved it! Our budget is very tight so we were thrilled to have this literacy rich opportunity for our students at no cost. We have booked them for next school year and look forward to them coming.
The Literacy Alliance did a wonderful job helping keep the children engaged at our monthly support meetings for Mended Little Hearts of Orlando. The activities were educational, interactive, and fun! Diane and the other volunteers were warm and friendly and made all the kids, no matter their age and abilities, feel welcomed.
Diane Keys came to Champion Elementary to read with our First Grade Classes. The students absolutely loved it. They were very excited about the content and it kept their attention. I liked how she had students participate in the lesson. She even made a tree out of newspapers. Some of my students went home and made them too. If you get a chance, this program is awesome and would be great for all students.
I work at Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy, a school for at-risk youth. Diane and her staff at The Literacy Alliance bring a love of reading to the students in a unique way - through the use of puppets. It is incredible to see these "tough kids" get into character. Diane and her staff are patient and creative. With their expertise and leadership, our students came in 2nd place in the school-wide PSA contest on bullying. Each week, the students want confirmation that "the Puppet Lady" is coming. The Literacy Alliance's relationship with the students is price-less. And experience the students receive is definitely something they'll never forget.
A team of two lovely young ladies arrived at my school and did an incredibly well organized presentation combining science and literature. My gifted class loved it! Thanks so much for all you do!
The Literacy Alliance team is one of our regular events at our Children's Hospital. The group is always so positive and the patients, staff and families LOVE the show! They are professional, timely, and always know how to keep the children happy. The science experiments are amazing and is very popular among the school aged children. I would recommend this group to any event or organization in need of some FUN and SMILES! :)
As a teacher working with at-risk youth, I have been incredibly blessed to partner with the amazing staff at the Literacy Alliance. Their dramatic Poetry Rocks! presentations consistently engage our incarcerated youth in discussions and productions that expose them to literacy in new and exciting ways.