Important COVID-19 Information:
All schools will be extending their spring break vacation for another week due to state decisions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I will continue to email you and keep you updated on all school activities. I recognize that the engagement hours with each student may be impacted. We will push through to do the best we can when school is back in session. All End of the Year Celebrations are on hold as of right now due to “social distancing” of large gatherings recommended by the CDC. I will keep you posted on these events as the restrictions dissolve. I wish you and your family health and safety during this time.
Who We Are
ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for kindergarten students who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with young children in Florida, while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills. ReadingPals is designed by The Children’s Movement of Florida and administered through 17 United Ways — with the help of numerous community partners across the state.
45% of children in Florida are not ready for Kindergarten and 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade. Additionally, studies show that children with mentors are more confident and have fewer behavioral problems. Early intervention and individualized attention gives students the best likelihood of success.
What Do We Hope To Achieve?
- MENTORING: To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors.
- EARLY LITERACY: To improve students’ understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.
- SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: To help students build a strong social-emotional foundation through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
What We Do
For 30 minutes to 1-hour each week, a ReadingPals volunteer spends time with a pair of kindergartners, reading a book, completing activities, and developing skills that the children will need for success in school. Each child participating in the ReadingPals initiative also receives at least ten books to help build their home library.
What Else Can I Do?
ReadingPals volunteers see the importance of early education first-hand, and gain exposure to the challenges many teachers and students face in the classroom. We hope the ReadingPals experience will inspire our volunteers to become advocates alongside The Children’s Movement, promoting greater investment in Florida’s youngest children. Learn more at www.childrensmovementflorida.org
If you are interested in becoming a ReadingPals Volunteer, sign up here.
Columbia County Volunteer Online Signup
Suwannee County Volunteer registration form.