ieReads Launches Its First Annual Read Across America Event
Thousands of San Bernardino County Children Enjoy Storytime with ieReads Volunteers
Rancho Cucamonga, CA—March 2, 2018: As part of the nationwide Read Across America movement, ieReads sent nearly 80 volunteers to read to elementary school students in San Bernardino County. From Feb. 28—March 2, thirteen schools welcomed ieReads volunteers into K-6 classrooms throughout the county, with teachers welcoming volunteer readers to read to students.
“We’re so grateful for the volunteers’ willingness to read to our students,” said Sultana Elementary School Principal Cara Molina. “We have several English Language Learners and bilingual students, and are always looking for opportunities to promote literacy.” Over the past five years, Sultana Elementary School has risen from 23rd to 10th in literacy for the Ontario Montclair School District.
Reading enthusiasts such as Sharon Hampton volunteered with ieReads to support San Bernardino County schools in their efforts to raise the number of 3rd graders reading at grade level. “I remember how much I used to love it when my mom read to me. I think that’s what got me hooked on reading. There’s something magical about being able to share my love of reading and having 20 kids laugh, gasp, and completely immerse themselves in the story.”
Abigail Harper, HR Manager for Target Montclair, led her team members at Monte Vista Elementary School in Montclair. “I’ve participated in read across America for nine years,” said Abigail, wearing her Read Across America shirt from last year’s event, “and make it a yearly event for my team because it’s so rewarding to go out into the community to make a difference. The children always love it and we wind up bringing a lot of joy into the classes. This year, the students were very interactive and some even read the books back to us!”
With 69% of San Bernardino 3rd graders reading below grade level, ieReads promotes early childhood literacy through fun reading activities that engage children. Volunteers provide the role modeling and mentorship needed for children to attain academic success. The program’s long-term goal is focused on creating a love of reading at an early age to ensure that children continue progress in school.
For more information about ieReads and to find out how you can help, visit: https://ieuw.org/iereads.