The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
Research shows that up until third grade, children learn to read. Beginning in fourth grade, children read to learn. If the child has not yet mastered reading, they begin a downward spiral that is difficult to correct. Receiving even minimal intervention by third grade, research shows that the opportunity to improve increases dramatically.
The goal of the Community Relations Council's Be a Reader (BEAR) program is to help at-risk children in Tidewater public schools acquire the reading skills and love of learning that lead to personal happiness and success.
The volunteers and children read aloud once a week at elementary schools in Norfolk and Virginia Beach and work on spelling, vocabulary and classroom reading assignments. Beyond the reading, the volunteers also provide these students with a sense of stability, and become more of a mentor as the relationship progresses.
Join with other people in our community who are helping children learn to read, and help make a difference in a child's life. Most children blossom with individual attention from a caring adult. You can be that person.
To learn more about the BEAR program, please contact Wendy Weissman at 757-965-6107.
The Be A Reader program, as part of the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, is generously supported by Nancy and Chuck Rosenblatt honoring Doris Rosen and Trudy Rosenblatt.