Rolling Readers USA Inc.
October 11, 2011
I am beginning my 14th year as a volunteer reader for kindergarten and first grade students with less opportunity. My students are all English Language Learners living below the poverty level. I continue to be a reader because, as a retired bilingual elementary school teacher, I know that hearing the language in well written books and seeing engaging, supporting illustrations will stimulate a child's desire to read.If they want to read, it will make the teacher's job of teaching them to read much easier. children need books in their homes and this program makes it possible for me to give each child two new, quality books every year to start or add to their own personal libraries. They can hardly believe that they really get to keep the book. Their eyes light up when they see their own name on the bookplate I put in every book. Students often come up to me and tell me that they still have the books that I gave them years before and that they have read them many times as well as shared them with other family members. They tell me that they keep the books in a safe place where the dog can't chew them or their baby sister can't mess them up. They tell me that they get public library cards and check out the books that I have read to them.When I see the children and hear their comments, I know that my time is well spent.
A literate population make a country strong. Rolling Readers helps the United States reach that goal, one child at a time. I am pleased that I can help in some small way.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Parents have told me that their children take more of an interest in reading as a result of hearing the stories I read. They tell me that their children ask to go to the library. Teachers tell me that the children look forward to hearing the stories I read. I hear the improvement in the children's vocabulary and their ability to express their thoughts as the year progresses.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would increase the staff so more volunteers can be found and trained so that all teachers who want a reader can have one. I would try to get the school districts support the program.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I feel like what I do has a positive impact on the students and teachers I work with. I feel that Rolling Readers values my service.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I have been reading to at least 4 classes of kindergarten and first graders for the last 13 years. I help them learn to love reading by reading to the same classes every week throughout the school year. Rolling Readers makes it possible for me to give eac.