REAL Read / VirtuREAL Read

  • VirtuREAL Read

    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 daily 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); Note: Our TV channel is down temporarily while we set up new TV equipment. Content is still available via YouTube.
    • Index of podcasts

     REAL Read logo

    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. 

     

  • How to volunteer
    Start by completing the new volunteers application, and then contact the school's volunteer coordinator directly to determine the best timing for your visits.

    Contact us
    Christian Adair,
    student/family transition and dropout prevention specialist
    (859) 381-4613


    Resources

    REAL metrics

    List of participating elementaries, with coordinators


    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. 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."