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Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Uniting Brevard County elementary-aged children with books and caring adults to promote a community of life-long readers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5269 elementary students

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

Programs: Rolling Readers Space Coast has been sharing the joy of reading with Brevard County children since 1997. Our mission is to develop in children a desire to be life-long 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-sixth grade), and tutor/mentor services for struggling readers in second and third grades. During the 2016-17 school year, our mission reached out to 5,269 children, in 25 Brevard County Title 1 elementary schools. In March, each child received a hard cover book, a gift from their Rolling Reader volunteer. For some of the children, this is the first book they can call their very own. Rolling Readers is making a difference. . . one book at a time.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Char G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rolling Readers is simply essential to Brevard County and the Space Coast of Florida. Genuine and passionate volunteers like Merrie Sofet make this program simply the best!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program makes my friend just as happy as it does the kids!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have friends who have been involved with Rolling Readers for a while and some for just this year. They have all been blessed more than the kids have in this program. It it such an experience to read to the children and see the smiles on their faces. And the children are so blessed to have someone to care enough to take the time to read to time. It may be the only time someone takes the time to read to them

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher, Rolling Readers is a great benefit to our students. It’s very important for our students to build their reading skills to help them be successful. I really appreciate the great work they do!

2 Eriny M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love rolling readers!! The best of Brevard spends time with kids , what a way to bring joy !!
My favorite reader is Merrie Sofet :)
She is talented and she is full of joy !! ❤️
Thank you for volunteering !

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization!! Thank you for all you do with the children!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have an amazing friend who volunteers with this organization and I can only imagine the smiles she brings to the children’s faces!! Keep up the good work!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

For more than 20 years, RRSC staff members and volunteers have worked with Brevard County schools, teachers, and students to ensure our children develop the fundamental reading skills needed to excel in class and in our community. The bond and anticipation that grows each week between the classroom readers and the students is priceless and often results in an enhanced appreciation and love for reading that lasts a lifetime.

3 Merrie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first school year as part of Rolling Readers Space Coast and I am LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! The kindergarten kiddies love the stories that I bring to read every week and I love their Joy, Energy, Fun and Excitement. It's contagious! I am also part of the Tutor/Mentor Team that meets one-on-one with 2nd graders who need help in Reading and Language Skills. What an amazing thing it is to help a child learn to read! Rolling Readers provides all the training and takes care of scheduling and coordinating with schools. All I have to do is show up and reap the benefits of helping a child learn to read. This entire program fills my heart with JOY!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer reader and tutor for Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. (RRSC) for the past 8 years. It is impossible to express the tremendous amount of joy I get from reading too and tutoring the children that RRSC serves in Brevard County elementary schools. To see the smiles on student faces when I walk into their classroom each week with new books to read warms me through and through. And to listen to the improvements the children working on their reading skills make in the tutoring program each time they read a book and move to the next level, makes me feel good to know that my positive encouragement and support has given them the confidence to grow as readers. I truly love being a part of this wonderful organization!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so excited about my relationship with Rolling Readers Space Coast. The staff and volunteers make this a wonderful organization to work with in serving the needs of children.

Even though my relationship with them has only been for a short while, the impact that I see on the face of the children, teachers and parents have been absolutely overwhelming in terms of the program reach and effectiveness. Rolling Readers Space Coast has now been in operations for more than 20 years and it now has generations of kids who are either in high school now or even college,that owe their love of reading to this great organization.

I'm very proud to be called a Rolling Reader and I expect their effectiveness to last for years to come.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since starting with Rolling Readers Space Coast, I've had the opportunity to work with a large number of students in the county. I participate in the Read Aloud program and the Reading Skills program. All the children are very excited for the read aloud, and I can see how our program encourages them to love reading. As for the reading skills, those children get access to one-on-one help in improving their reading skills that they wouldn't get otherwise. Overall I believe this nonprofit has an amazing idea, and they're working very hard for children's futures. I'm happy to be a part of it.

3 Patal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first grade kids that I read to LOVE having a story read to them...I work closely with the teachers to make sure I can read books that are relevant to what the kids are learning and the stories be age appropriate....If I can, I try to do "show and tell" with items that I have collected in my travels around the world. My dad read to me every night while I was growing up...and a lot of children do not have that in their lives in our present world for many reasons...I know that the kids really enjoy the books that I read to them and so do the teachers...It gives the teachers a break too and since I LOVE to READ ..I`m hoping the kids will feel the same way !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Glory of the written word.....How can one describe the beauty of snow-capped mountains, the rush of ocean waves upon the shore, the vast yellowish-brown expanse of the desert, ,the majesty of stately elk in a forest....I am so glad that my dad, despite never finishing grade school, was an avid reader. He had a tall bookcase in the attic of our home which I devoured as I got old enough to read better. He also read "Fairy stories" to me at night which he had gotten from the library, .,,and instilled in me an unquenchable thirst for reading. I am now retired and read to first grade chjldren through the Rolling Readers program in Brevard County Florida...Always striving to instill that thirst for Reading !!!

2 Susan101.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization offers volunteers a real chance to work inside local public school classrooms and help make a difference for our low-income, at-risk elementary students. For 30 minutes each week, I read aloud stories, encourage children to improve their reading skills and help them discover the joy of books. It is as if we have our own “book club” and the goal is to get them to want to read!

Reading literacy is the foundation for all education. Even the Supreme Court weighed in on the importance of reading by stating that “...Illiteracy is an enduring disability, the inability to read and write will handicap the individual deprived of a basic education each and every day of his life.”

I can’t think of a better use of my time then to reach out and offer support to our community children. What can be more rewarding? Rolling Readers has made that possible for me for 18 years, and they make that possible every year for hundreds of other volunteers as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Walking into a classroom of young elementary children and spending 30 minutes with them reading aloud books starts my morning off with a smile. With each book, we explore new ideas, learn new words, discover new facts and best of all, together we share the experience of reading a book. Through Rolling Readers, I have been able to bring my love of reading to children and most importantly, encourage each child to make reading a part of their life.

2 MaryPat E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My late mother was a co-founder of this wonderful organization in 1997 with 2 of her lady friends! I hosted the 1st reader in my K class; she read to my classes for 20 yrs & was awarded a national award at corporate office in CA! I continue to have a volunteer reader & have served on our board for many years, carrying on my mother's passion & dream through the next generation!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became a volunteer with Rolling Readers Space Coast in 2003. I read to a kindergarten class and a first grade class. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but could not continue the following year because I was working five days a week. A few years ago, the college where I worked went to a four day work week, so I decided to get involved with Rolling Readers again. I have been a classroom reader for the past two years where I have read to first and second graders for half an hour one day a week. Each week I go to the library or go to our library website and choose books to share with the children. When they see the envelope containing the due date card, they instantly recognize the book as coming from the library. As we read the story, we talk about vocabulary, the illustrations and other reading skills associated with critical thinking. The children are so eager to share and participate and their insights are often right on track as well as wonderfully amusing! They entertain me as much as I am hoping to entertain them! Additionally, the teachers are so appreciative and give me such a warm welcome when I come into the classroom. The time I spend there is often the highlight of my week! I have always loved books and being a Rolling Reader allows me to share my love of reading. One of my favorite days is when I get to hand out the free books we are privileged to give to the children in the classrooms where we read. The children are so excited and pleased with their new book and when we read it together, sometimes they take it literally and they read out loud with me! What fun! Rolling Readers Space Coast is certainly a worthy organization as they reinforce and inspire the love of reading to our future generations!

2 Mary G.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an advocate and volunteer for many organizations since forced medical retirement in 2004. NONE as given me the enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment as being a Rolling Reader Space Coast has done for me.
I have always had a deep love of reading beginning as a child and continuing now as a senior. I shared this love of reading with my daughter as an infant and with my grand children as well. Now I get to bring this joy to elementary school students in Palm Bay, FL through this amazing program. You know you have touched the lives of those you read to when they see you in a local store, and come running to you screaming your name so they can give you a hug. When they bring me to their parents to introduce me...you can't remove the smile from my face.
Thank You Rolling Readers Space Coast!!!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rolling Readers Spacecoast (RRSC) is an awesome non-profit that does a tremendous job in supporting the Brevard County Florida community children. RRSC is focused on connecting children with reading, promoting their love of reading and enlightening those who may not otherwise be exposed to the love of reading. This is accomplished through volunteer readers, fundraising, and book giveaways in their community. RRSC has several programs to include Read Aloud
(classroom group reading) and small group and one-on-one mentoring programs. Here are some quick facts from 2016 school year:

26 Elementary Schools Served

172 Read Aloud Volunteers Read to
290 Classrooms Filled with 5215 Students

39 Tutor/Mentor Volunteers Helped
54 Students Improve Reading Skills

5269 Children Received a Gift Book During Our Annual Give-Away
764 Additional Books Distributed from Community Donations Received


But, it doesn't stop with just reading in classrooms. Rolling Readers Spacecoast also collaborates with community libraries to hold “PJ Night at the Library”. RRSC reads stories to pajama clad kids and their parents and encourages “out of classroom” reading. The evening also has time for each child/family to obtain a library card and check out a book. Does it work? One parent shared with RRSC that she was not a good reader, but she wanted her daughter to love books, hence the reason she was attending PJ night. Mission accomplished!

RRSC also partners with Junior League, Boys and Girls Club, United Way and others to support and run Summer Slide programs that are aimed at maintaining reading level of students over the summer so they do not “slide” or regress in their reading abilities.

Here are a few testimonials from educators, school site coordinators, and RRSC volunteers.

"This was our first year with Rolling Readers, and we have been extremely pleased with the program. I have heard nothing but positive responses from my teachers. Thank you for supporting our school."
~ Elementary Site Coordinator

"I am very impressed with the Rolling Reader volunteers and the gains that my students make each year due to their diligence and efforts. Thank you for the opportunity to have Rolling Readers present in our schools."
~ Elementary School Teacher

"This is by far the most heart-warming volunteer job I have ever taken. When the kids spy me at the door, their excitement is overwhelming. My greatest challenge is for the book I have selected to read and share with them, will encourage them and reaffirm the tremendous joy and knowledge they can get from reading. During the Dr. Seuss Birthday week I quoted and we discussed his saying, 'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.' "
~ Read Aloud Volunteer

Community enrichment is alive and well thanks to Rolling Readers Spacecoast. There is no question why RRSC should be considered One Great Non Profit.




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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have many volunteers who love to go to a classroom and read to the children.

The children, teacher, and I are excited to have this experience in their classroom.

We always with the teachers tell the children how important it is to be able to read books, etc.

I try to always reward the children who listen and obey the classroom rules while I am there.

Rolling Readers is a wonderful program that shows our love of reading to the children and how important it is to them.

Sandy Gulbrandsen

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past 20 years, Rolling Readers Space Coast has been an welcome presence for young children in Title 1 classrooms throughout our community. Hundreds of volunteers meet with thousands of children every week to share their love of reading and inspire children to do the same. Many children receive the first book their family has ever had through the generosity of the Brevard County School System and our loyal sponsors. Rolling Readers has made a profound and lasting impact for two generations and is poised to continue into the future.

I have been a Board Member since 2011.

Mark Broms