The concept behind Ready Readers is powerfully simple and serves a need in every community. I am pleased to be a part of the program. Both the children I read to and I learn something every week as we share the adventures within the pages we read. There are various supports and team building opportunities for volunteers to help ensure success.
As an Illinois based Ready Reader, I've experienced bumps along the road that I hope will be smoothed out in the future. Unfortunately, the rivers divide more than the land masses of Illinois and Missouri. To be effective in each jurisdiction, organizational representatives must come to understand and work with each area in ways that the prospective community will embrace. Otherwise we are doomed to fail leaving behind an unintentional but real trail of frustration and second class resentments.
Ready Readers 12/23/2015
We are always interested in discussing your experiences. Our future plans include local chapters with local administration.
Ready Readers is an incredible way to build strong community foundations. It connects higher risk pre-schoolers with quality literature, exposure to adults that love reading as well as provides the framework for in-home reading. Strong beginnings yield measurable, favorable results for students, families, and communities.
The readers love what they do. In teaching, that makes such a difference. The model of the same reader with the same class for a school year is critical for the relationship between the kids and the reader to develop into one of trust and joy. This is a fantastic organization!
This organization has certainly far exceeded my own expectations! I helped start Ready Readers in 1997. Today, I am a just an honorary board member, but I am also a volunteer reader. Like many other readers, I feel that I get as much from each of my weekly reading session as as the children do, and I always want to give them more. The best thing I ever did for the organization was retire in 2005, so it could evolve into the amazing organization it is now. With its small staff and its strong management, Ready Readers' 500+ volunteers are reading weekly and giving quality books to about 10,000 low-income preschool children in our area. This isn't just talk, but rather a hands-on effort to help break the scourge of poverty and illiteracy, which is at the root of so many problems in our area and in every city.
I have been reading with Ready Readers for well over a decade and it is an absolute joy to see the children's faces when we read to them. Their enthusiasm and joy is catching.
I read for this amazing program. I have been with ready readers nearly three years. I see the difference in the children as they learn to love books.
I started at Ready Readers because my mom was doing it and I thought it was one of the most amazing things ever!! I have been reading for almost 2 years now and I have loved every minute of it. Thank you Ready Readers for giving me a chance to make a difference in the lives of the children that I read to.
I have volunteered for Ready Readers as a reader. It was such an amazing experience for me to get to go to these pre-schools and read to the kids and see the pure joy on their faces when they got to take home their very own copy of the book I read to them. Ready Readers shares the joy of reading and empowers these kids to learn to love to read.
I have been a volunteer reader for Ready Readers for five years, and can't say enough about how wonderful this organization is! Led by the terrific Lisa Greening, the staff is compassionate, exhuberant, and genuinely love what they do. I am honored to be part of this organization, and would encourage anyone who loves to read to little ones to please consider volunteering for Ready Readers!