REAL Read / VirtuREAL Read
REAL 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 during each four-month cycle, 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.
REAL 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 daily on MetroNet channel 2 at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., or 9:30 p.m. (except when preempted by a school board meeting).
- Index of podcasts
How to volunteer:
Please contact a school's volunteer coordinator for instructions. After in-person school visits are allowed again (per COVID-19 precautions), you will need to complete our new volunteers application.
student/family transition and dropout prevention specialist
Scholastic blog, Literacy Bridges
Testimonial, from 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. I look forward to our continued partnership."