R.E.A.L. Read, now VirtuREAL Read because of social distancing, enables students to watch mentors' videos or listen to podcasts while following along in their books at home. This free enrichment opportunity will help children in grades K-5 stay engaged and grow their independent reading skills. Students can listen anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish!
- YouTube playlist
- FCPS-ETV: Tune in at 3 or 7 p.m. (except when preempted by a school board meeting)
- Index of podcasts
R.E.A.L. READ is a program based on a simple idea: Every child needs a mentor, and something meaningful happens when volunteers from our community share their love for reading. Reading mentors inspire our students to build literacy skills. For up to an hour each month for the duration of the school year, volunteers read aloud from engaging fiction that features main characters and plots that demonstrate creative problem-solving and resiliency, and from non-fiction that include biographies of inspirational figures and celebrate inclusion and strong values. After mentors read the book, all of the students receive their own copy to take home to share with their family and friends.
Feature from Spectrum News 1 (Feb. 25, 2019)
How to volunteer
student/family transition and dropout prevention specialist
Carolyn Ford, Family Resource Center coordinator at Northern Elementary:
"Northern held REAL Men Who Read for K-5. Instead of the traditional men, we were proud to have The 10th -- a leadership group of talented young men from Bryan Station High School. These young men were excellent in sharing with our students and demonstrating that reading can be fun. Some of them were former students and shared about their time at Northern. The staff was able to see how these young men have matured over the years and was giving back to the school that gave them their educational foundation. I look forward to our continued partnership with these young men."