Tuesday, August 30, 2016

'Share the pleasures of reading with a child'

A program about volunteering as a reading partner with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the  Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, Amity Road, according to a release.
In the lives of the children we serve, having an adult read to them, discuss with them, and solicit their opinions is something which may happen only rarely,” said Beth Kaufman, chairwoman of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, also in the release.

"JCL’s reading partners share the pleasures of reading; giving public elementary school students needed one-on-one attention. Just one hour a week, the volunteer reads and talks with a student. Volunteers help engage students with words, enriching foundations for thought and imagination," the release said.
A non-denominational program of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, JCL serves about 350 students in seven schools each year. It provides training and placement to volunteers and is seeking caring, committed volunteers for the upcoming school year. Reading partners choose the day, time, specific school and grade of the student they would like to work with. Potential volunteers can attend the following information session:"
The information and  orientation session will include:  Margie Gillis, Literacy How, Inc., president and founder;  Dr. Abie Benetiz, director of instruction, New Haven Public Schools, and       Krista Bergin, literacy intervention facilitator, New Haven Public Schools, the release said.
All are welcome and no previous experience is needed.  Contact Brenda Brenner at bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org or 203 387-2424 x 308 for more information.
JCL is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is a philanthropic organization committed to serving the needs of the Jewish Community in Greater New Haven, in Israel, and around the world. 
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