District seeks 300 volunteers for R.E.A.L. Men Read
Fayette County Public Schools, in partnership with Scholastic, has launched a read-aloud mentoring program that aims to pair 300 community volunteers once a month with K-5 classrooms in 29 participating schools across the district.
“This initiative is a profound way to make a difference,” Superintendent Manny Caulk said at an Oct. 17, 2017 news conference at Lansdowne Elementary, the first site on board with R.E.A.L. Men Read. He commended the dads, grandfathers, uncles, and others who have already signed up, noting, “This is powerful and inspiring to see the men of Lansdowne. Here you see a shining example of what’s possible as men say ‘We want to partner alongside our teachers to make a difference in the life of a child.’”
R.E.A.L., a seven-month program from the global children’s publishing, education, and media company Scholastic, stands for “Read, Excel, Achieve, Lead.” It enriches youngsters’ reading experience while engaging the community in the educational environment. The interactive approach also encourages students to be active learners. R.E.A.L. provides the mentoring tools and literacy resources to foster a life-long love of reading, including free, grade-appropriate books for the children to take home each month. The challenging titles include a mix of fiction, informational, and biographical books that feature diversity, values, and strong role models.
First-year funding for the FCPS initiative comes from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
Bill Farmer of United Way of the Bluegrass and Chris Medley of the 16th District PTA also spoke at the news conference. Both organizations are key partners with FCPS. “We have the intellectual capital in this community to achieve anything we choose to do,” Farmer said in calling on local men to embrace the R.E.A.L. challenge.
To volunteer with R.E.A.L. or other school opportunities, visit www.fcps.net/give10 and complete the application and interest/availability survey. For questions, contact Christian Adair in the district’s Office of Educating Boys of Color, (859) 381-4613.