Some volunteers arrived carrying a favorite book. Others enjoyed seeking out a new title to share with students. They all arrived with a common purpose - to spread the joy of leisure reading as part of the annual AMERICA READS: Reading Is Contagious. The 2014 reading celebration will be held Oct. 16 & 17th, bringing some 2,400 volunteers into elementary classrooms across the Cedar Rapids metro area. ALL SAINTS EVENT WILL BE OCTOBER 23, 2014.
"The event has become a much-anticipated fall tradition, not only in our schools but throughout our community," noted Marcia Hughes, Community Relations Supervisor. "Some people aren't able to commit to a regular volunteer schedule so they are especially happy to have this opportunity to visit our schools and share a story with students."
AMERICA READS: Reading Is Contagious was developed in 1997 through the District Volunteer Services Office to focus attention on the importance of reading aloud to young children to increase literacy and to offer busy community members an opportunity to make a meaningful volunteer contribution within a brief time period. It serves as a unique collaboration between local school districts and public libraries.
The program attracts a broad range of participants, including middle, high school, and college students; parents; school neighbors; retirees; business people; and community "celebrities." The program is underwritten by donations from community businesses and organizations. Contributions in excess of expenses are distributed back to participating schools and libraries for the purchase of new reading materials.
If you would like to read please sign up to read at the following link:
Or fill out the form on the back, and send it back into All Saints School.