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Volunteer and help us support early childhood literacy in the Salinas Valley. We have a great group of enthusiastic supporters and we’d love to have you join the team!

Please use this form or send email to:
barbara@readtomeproject.org

The Read to Me Project
Barbara Greenway, Executive Director
32 Live Oak Lane
Carmel Valley, California 93924
831-275-1300

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We Are Hiring Site Coordinators

We are seeking motivated individuals who enjoy working with teachers and groups of children and have a passion for reading and literacy. This position requires advocacy, enthusiasm and commitment. Training will be provided. The positions are part-time, approximately 2 days per month and the hired coordinators will receive stipends. Printable site coordinator description here.

The Read to Me Project provides participating upper-elementary classrooms with a lending library of books appropriate for children 8 months to 5 years. These books are checked out by the older siblings, taken home and read aloud daily to their young brothers and sisters.  The School Site Coordinator will train teachers and students, coordinate and oversee project implementation with the classrooms, schedule and execute coaching sessions and events, and generally provide all school-site program management for the Project.

Position closes August 1, 2015 – for more information please contact Barbara Greenway

barbara@readtomeproject.org or (831) 601-9502

Read to Me Project Experience Art Stories

Wow. It’s the end of May… almost June and we are coming to the end of another school year with all of our wonderful kids. In one of our recent encounters with the children at La Gloria Elementary School in Gonzales, we asked our volunteer 4th-6th-grade readers to draw the experience they’ve had helping their pre-k brothers and sisters get ready for kindergarten. It’s always refreshing to see through children’s eyes. These are just a few of the masterpieces we received. You can click on the images to see a larger version.

Ariana draws a picture of her sister and her reading on their couch.

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Justina explains that she likes to read to her little sisters in her favorite quiet place…

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… and then we find out where that is.

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Nathaniel makes sure there’s lots of good light in the room when reading.

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Alicia wants to know, “who doesn’t love a good book?” and she has turned the TV off.

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Hannia is reading about the lion jumping and… she is having fun reading with her little brother!

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Itzel reads the little bear book with her little sister and uses hand gestures to describe the action.

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Michele also chooses to read and wonder out loud on her bed.c7

And finally, Kalexsa is also making sure the TV is off and reading with her little brother on her bed.

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We’ll share more of these drawings in the future.

Read to Me Project is Seeking Retired Educators

The Read to Me Project is seeking retired educators who are interested in helping to implement our “siblings reading to siblings” program in Salinas Valley classrooms. This position will require only a few days per month during the school year, August to June. Stipends and training will be provided.

We are hosting an informational session on May 11th at 3:30 at our Read to Me Office – 1121A Baldwin Street in Salinas. Please share the attached announcement (click here for pdf – you can download it by right clicking and saving to your computer) with colleagues, friends, networks or groups.  For a great overview of our program we suggest you start here readtomeproject.org.

Interested individuals can contact Barbara Greenway directly to RSVP or for further information at barbara@readtomeproject.org. Thank you!

Please Support Early Readers This Holiday Season

The Read to Me Project launched its “Share the Magic Between the Pages!” Holiday Giving Campaign this week. Please support the children in our community to develop the pre-literacy skills that will ensure a successful school experience.

Jeanne Herrick, Assistance Superintendent, Alisal Union School District, very eloquently shared at our kick off event on December 4th that “all children are created equal, but their circumstances are not.” She went on to say that the Read to Me Project is a wonderful early and preventative program that helps children overcome their circumstances.

Please join Jeanne in her support of the read to me Project by giving a donation of any size.

Here are a few faces of those you will help.

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Alisal Union Assistant Superintendent, Jeanne Herrick, Receives Children’s Literacy Leader Award

Jeanne Herrick photo1We are honored to present Jeanne Herrick, Assistant Superintendent of Alisal Union School District, with the first annual Children’s Literacy Award for her leadership and support for programs designed to increase the number of children who begin kindergarten prepared to succeed. The award will be presented on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas as part of the Read to Me Project’s “Share the Magic Between the Pages” 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign.

Click here to see the full text of the press release.

Event Details

“Share the Magic Between the Pages” 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign Kick Off Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn and Suites, 523 Work Street in Salinas.

The community is invited. Campaign sponsors include Hampton Inn and Suites, Scheid Vineyards, Union Bank, KSMS TV Univision 67, KSES Jose 107.1 FM and KLOK La Tricolor 99.5 FM and KDJT UniMas 33.

To RSVP or for more information, call (831) 275-1300 or email barbara@readtomeproject.org.

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Welcome Josefina!

We recently welcomed Josefina Lara, as our first Classroom Project Coordinator. Josefina grew up in Soledad and is currently completing her Master Degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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Our team is close to launching the full 80 classrooms planned for the 2014-15 school year in the Alisal Union, Greenfield, Gonzales and Carmel School Districts and we are working to expand the team. If you are interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer at the Read to Me Project Salinas office, we are in need of Office Management Support and a Book Manager, to process donated and ordered books.

We thank the community for their ongoing support of the Read to Me Project.

The Read to Me Project is Leaving the Nest

On September 10th, 2014 the Read to Me Project was granted its official 501c3 nonprofit status. The team is excited to be taking this next bit step in its journey to help thousands of children become better prepared for kindergarten.

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A big THANK YOU to the ACTION Council of Monterey County for supporting the Read to Me Project though its start-up phase by providing the umbrella under which it could do it’s work and for all the excellent advice and counsel that has been provided. A specific note of thanks to Libby McMahon, Finance Director and Larry Imwalle, Executive Director, for their personal belief and support for the Project.

Read to Me Project Goes Back to School

Yes, it’s that time again. Even though Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd, Summer fades as a distant memory and children rev up for the excitement and chaos of a new school year.

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This year we will be training 800 4th-6th grade students who are reading nightly to 1,000 little pre-k brothers and sisters in their homes. That’s 1,000 Monterey County kids who will be better prepared to participate and succeed when they get to Kindergarten and it’s 800 heroic elementary school kids who make it happen! Tremendous thanks also goes to the forward-thinking teachers and administrators who support the Read to Me Project.

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The 2014-2015 school year represents a 122% expansion in classroom participation for the Read to Me Project over last year. We’ve even put out a press release explaining the details. So far, both KION and the Monterey Herald have done news stories on our efforts. We have more media meetings this week.

Many thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers for helping us supply 80 classrooms with books…

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and helping us deliver training…

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It’s wonderful to meet and talk with all the wonderful children who are helping build stronger communities in Monterey County. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Barbara Greenway, Founder of the Read to Me Project, explaining how the program works to a group of students you can watch the following video.

Why Talking (and Reading) to Little Kids Matters

We believe that older kids reading at home to little pre-k brothers and sisters can be a big part of creating more successful students and raising literacy rates.

Anne Fernald recently gave a local Monterey TEDx talk highlighting the importance of one-on-one interaction in early childhood, a subject that is near and dear to our hearts. Anne is the Josephine Knotts Knowles Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University. As director of the Language Learning Lab in the Department of Psychology, she conducts experimental studies of language processing by infants and young children, as well as observational studies of parent-infant interaction.

This is an excellent presentation that is incredibly relevant to our work at the Read to Me Project. Early language engagement promotes brain development and is critical to preparing children to succeed. Anne was the subject of a recent New York Times article (Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K) calling for a renewed emphasis on early childhood education funding.

Thank you to Catherine Hambley at LeapFrog Consulting for bringing this to our attention.