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.


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83% of 4th graders from low-income families are not proficient in reading

Children who are read to at least 3x/week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading

Students who talk about reading have higher average reading scores than students who never or hardly ever talk about reading.

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