Open up a child’s world through reading.
James Patterson knows the power of stories — and reading
Reading’s ripple effect
Think the only one who benefits from reading aloud is the child? That’s just part of the story. We know one-on-one reading increases a child’s reading proficiency, often along with his interest and comprehension in other areas. And the consistent, positive interaction with a caring adult makes a child feel valued, boosting confidence.
But the volunteer gets it back in spades. Realizing how big a difference your small time commitment can make, immersing yourself in the fun of a colorful picture book or the adventure of a chapter book, just being around the energy and enthusiasm of children is a powerful, feel-good activity that lingers.
Companies that participate benefit from that positivity, too. Pulling together to make a community better and doing something extra to help out children who need it increases organizational pride, tightening the bonds of teamwork.