Make lunchtime story time

Read to a Child® offers a program designed to make volunteering easy: the lunchtime reading program. One day a week, it brings adult volunteers into elementary schools for read-aloud sessions. Just one lunch break a week is all it takes for a child to become a stronger, more enthusiastic reader. To establish consistency but allow schedule flexibility, volunteers can partner with a coworker to read to their student on alternate weeks.

Read to a Child supports volunteers by providing a diverse collection of recommended, age-appropriate books to choose from. Part of the reading experience is choosing a book together, and we do all we can to make finding a favorite story to share and discuss fun and easy.

The power of a person

Evaluations prove children who participate in the lunchtime reading program improve their reading skills, attitudes and confidence and even score higher on standardized tests. This is the lifelong benefit reading aloud offers children.

When an organization steps in to commit to a group of children, wonderful things happen. Kids can’t wait for the adults to get there and the stories to begin. And what group doesn’t like to generate that kind of happiness and excitement?

And because our reading program is based on one-on-one mentoring, a strong rapport builds between volunteer and child. Volunteers are asked to commit for one school year and are encouraged to strengthen the relationship, if possible, the following year. We’ve even had some volunteers see their student through to elementary school graduation!

If you can read, you can help!

The Lunchtime Reading Program has grown from five volunteers in a single school library to more than 1,400 volunteers in schools nationwide. Hundreds of companies and organizations participate. Our volunteer force includes major corporations such as New York Life, Bloomberg, University of Phoenix, BNY Mellon, and local police officers.

To learn more about the lunchtime reading program, please visit Get Involved.

Woman and child reading.


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Interested in signing up for the lunchtime reading program?

(781) 489-5910

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