Fall Programs Underway
School is in session, and so is Read and Feed! But this Fall things look a bit different with our programs as we keep the safety of the children, our volunteers, and community in mind. While our schools determine how to best educate students moving forward, Read and Feed is out in the community providing underserved children with the resources necessary to keep reading and learning. Here are just a few of the things we have going on this Fall and into Winter.
BOOK MOBILES: Read and Feed is collaborating with the FAST Initiative as well as longtime partner, First United Methodist of Cary. Through these partnerships, we are present at five remote learning sites that cater to underserved children. Our mobile classrooms visit these learning centers each week. While on location, children climb aboard the RV to select three books to grow their home library. Volunteers help the children select age-appropriate books and follow up with the children each week about their reading progress.
VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB: Sometimes bringing home a book is not enough to fully engage a child in their reading. Therefore, our virtual book club was created to keep children reading once they get home. Each month, participants receive a featured book to add to their home library. At their convenience, children tune into our YouTube Channel to follow along with a special guest that is reading the very book they just received. Throughout that month, our volunteers will be asking questions related to the book, and every child who demonstrates comprehension earns a prize. The featured book for October is “Say Something” by Peter H. Reynolds.
FOOD DRIVES: We know that children need fuel to learn, focus and grow. For children living in hunger and are not in the classroom, this fuel is even more critical. Read and Feed is actively searching for clubs, civic organizations, and corporations to host food drives on our behalf. These drives focus on non-perishable goods that are familiar staples for children and are ones that can be easily prepared. North Carolina FC, North Carolina Courage, and North Carolina FC Youth are leading the way in our food drive effort.
We look forward to the time when it is safe to return to in-person tutoring. But in the meantime, we are finding ways to keep the children of Wake county well read and well fed.