Emilia’s children have benefited greatly from Read and Feed
Read and Feed helps Monserrat with testing
Monserrat likes Read and Feed because it helps her a lot, her grades have improved, and she's better at taking tests.
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The excitement of chapter books
Katie Cioni has been volunteering for Read and Feed for almost two years. She tutors and helps clean and stock mobile classrooms. Katie has been working with the same little girl each week at her program site and has noticed significant changes. "When I first met Jihan she was just starting 3rd grade, and she was an excellent reader, but very shy and apprehensive to read out loud. When filling out the All About Me sheet on the first day, she told me that she did not read chapter books because they were too long. Through the wide array of book club books available, I discovered she enjoyed reading nonfiction. One of the Step into Reading books I found was a short, nonfiction, chapter book that I asked her read one night. Once she finished reading the book, I let her know she had just read a chapter book on her own! After that night, I saw a huge boost in her confidence, and she has been willing to tackle every type of book available to read!" I asked Jihan if she thought Read and Feed has helped her with reading and she responded, "Yes! At the beginning of last year I was nervous when reading out loud so I mumbled and preferred reading to myself. Now I am not afraid to read out loud and with expression to other people!"
I love volunteering with Read and Feed!
"When my daughter left for college, I had time on my hands. I heard about Read and Feed at a meeting at my church. After I volunteered the first time, I was hooked. I love children, and I feel it is important to help them gain a love for reading at an early age. I can't think of any job that does not require reading on a daily basis. I have been a volunteer since October of 2017. I started out volunteering every Thursday. After a few months, I added Tuesdays. When the 2019 spring semester started, I felt like I wanted to do a little more, so I became a team lead. I love volunteering with Read and Feed! It is so awesome to work with people at each site who want to make the reading experience the best it can be for the children. It is great to be able to form a bond with the children and let them know that there are people outside of their family who care about them. My favorite experience this year has to be the night when we had at least ten kids and eight tutors, and it was too cold to put tables outside. The mobile classroom that we use is the smallest in the fleet, so we had kids everywhere! We had some in the booth, some on the couch, some at the tables in the back where the books are kept, one sitting on the food cooler with the tutor in a chair beside him, and at least two kids sitting on the dashboard with the tutors in the driver and passenger seats!"
Read and Feed gives the students a great foundation for any path in life.
"Reading was one of my favorite things as a kid. I liked to read on my own and I liked having others read to me. The things I learned from books that I read "for fun" have stuck with me long after I've forgotten the facts I studied in school. I think it’s great that Read and Feed helps children who maybe don't get the same encouragement that I did as a child. By teaching the mechanics of reading and nurturing a love of reading, Read and Feed gives the students a great foundation for any path in life. I have volunteered with Read and Feed for about three years now. I volunteered as a tutor for one semester. I loved seeing the kids' eyes light up when they see their favorite tutor come in and it was so great to see the individual attention the children get from so many caring volunteers. Now, I mostly volunteer at Read and Feed as a driver, picking up food and delivering it where needed. This activity works out best with my schedule, and I know that it helps the other Read and Feed staff and volunteers spend more time on the other aspects of the program." -Pam Vashaw
My children LOVE Read and Feed!
Oralia says that her children, Evelyn and Jacqueline, love Read and Feed, especially the tutors and the special attention they receive.