BECKLEY –   The Raleigh County West Virginia Read Aloud Program has scheduled an orientation/training session for those interested in reading at schools in Raleigh County.  The orientation/training will be downstairs in the Raleigh County Public Library at 10:00 am, August 29, 2017.

Read Aloud is a statewide, county by county, initiative that recruits and places volunteer readers in classrooms and other settings. Raleigh County’s chapter now has readers in most Raleigh County schools but more teachers have requested readers for their classrooms and volunteer readers are desperately needed.

Most Read Aloud volunteers spend less than an hour a week in the classroom, but often become a highlight of the children’s school week. This kind of service is flexible enough that it is ideal for individuals, both working and retired, as well as book clubs, church groups, and civic groups.

Chapter President, Joyce Mills says, “I encourage anyone interested in the future of our young people to become involved in Read Aloud. Of all the programs and curriculums used in our schools today, Read Aloud is probably the only one that is free, easy to implement, welcomed by our over-burdened teachers, and most importantly EFFECTIVE”.

Orientation sessions give prospective volunteers clear instruction on the roles of the volunteer and school, insight into what makes an enjoyable Read Aloud experience for children, suggestions for getting started, and hopefully, some inspiration.

Registration is helpful but not required. People may register or find more information by calling (304) 345-5212 or by e-mailing readaloud@verizon.net.

For more local information on Raleigh County’s Read Aloud program, call Leslie Baker at (304) 252-3730.

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