America Reads Registration is Open

October 3, 2019 01:08 PM

Online registration is now open for the 23rd annual America Reads: Reading is Contagious literacy celebration. The program is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of reading to young children to improve literacy and demonstrate the joy of reading through collective citizen involvement. In the Cedar Rapids metro area, it has become an annual fall tradition, bringing hundreds of volunteers into area schools to share a favorite book with students.

America Reads: Reading is Contagious 2019 will be held on October 17 (at Linn-Mar, Marion Independent, and Xavier Catholic) and on October 18 (at Cedar Rapids Community and College Community).

Developed and launched in 1997, the initiative is a collaborative effort between the school districts listed above, as well as six public libraries: Cedar Rapids, Ely, Fairfax, Hiawatha, Marion, and Swisher.

Generally, more than 2,500 guest readers visit elementary schools over the two-day period. Some 16,000 students benefit from exposure to enthusiastic readers. Volunteer readers include everyone from parents and middle, high school, and college students to school neighbors, senior citizens, business people, and local “celebrities.” Each volunteer reads a favorite story to a child, a small group of children, or to an entire classroom of students.

Numerous studies indicate that children who have been read to on a regular basis become good readers. Reading just 30 minutes a day with a child can significantly increase a child’s reading ability. This national initiative brings awareness to the importance of reading and ignites a love of reading.

To register follow this link.

The deadline to register to be a volunteer reader is October 11, 2018.

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