“After 5 years of being ReadingPal, I have really seen the difference in many of these kids. The teachers are working hard to give these four-year-old’s a wonderful start, and with the ReadingPals program, the hope is that by the end of first grade, these kids are reading and enjoying it.”
Al Blake, volunteer at Treasure Island Elementary, Volunteer reader
Become a ReadingPal
Become a ReadingPal and join 200 volunteers reading to young children at prekindergarten classrooms in neighborhoods across Miami-Dade. Research shows that children who learn to read well at an early age will not only read more independently, but also achieve more in math, social studies and science, and are more likely to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Early literacy is a key strategy to success.
Instill a love of reading and enhance literacy
opportunities for young children
The next ReadingPals session will begin the week of October 1, 2018
and will run weekly through May 17, 2019.
Minimal volunteer requirements are:
60-30 minutes per week
Level 1 background check Sign up today
650 adult mentors have provided 8,410 hours of reading to 1,644 young children, helping them improve their literacy skills.
ReadingPals is made possible through the support provided by Carol and Barney Barnett and our community partners: Books & Books, John Deere, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Libraries, Nordstrom and Target.