Mission: Read Aloud West Virginia’s mission is to change the literacy culture of West Virginia by keeping reading material in the hands and on the minds of our state’s children. Motivation is the critical first step in developing any skill and Read Aloud works to motivate children to WANT to read. Our goal is to involve families, the medical community, businesses, civic groups and the society at large in cultivating a culture that places value on reading.
Results: In 2016, Read Aloud served 207 schools and distributed nearly 6,500 books. We presented educational sessions throughout the state and worked to inform families about their critical role in their child's education and the importance of reading aloud from birth.
Target demographics: motivate children to WANT to read
Direct beneficiaries per year: 29 counties, 208 schools and over 1,000 classrooms
Geographic areas served: West Virginia
Programs: volunteer readers, book distribution, public education and classroom enrichment
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As a teacher who has been a champion of reading-aloud for over thirty years, I have a story to tell about Read-Aloud West Virginia (RAWV). I was born and raised in West Virgina yet I have lived in Massachusetts for decades. When my childhood friend died and asked that donations be made to RAWV I learned about this wonderful organization. Many places give books, but few to none instill a love of reading. RAWV trains volunteers to go to schools and read, among other things. I organized my preschool in Massachusetts, Groton Community School, to have a major fundraiser and book drive. We collected hundreds of dollars, and more importantly hundreds of books ~ quality hardcover books. I drove over 500 miles to make the delivery in person. Meeting the folks who run this incredible non-profit confirmed their quality, kindness, and good work. Reading-aloud to a school class of children was the icing on the cake for me. Since then, I have been an unofficial ambassador, as Read-Aloud West Virginia has changed my life. I now have an important mission! Thank you!