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.
VirtuREAL Read enables students to watch mentors' videos or listen to podcasts while following along in their books at home. This free enrichment opportunity helps children in grades K-5 stay engaged and grow their independent reading skills. Students can listen anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish!
director of Family & Community Engagement
Scholastic blog, Literacy Bridges