SLO Friends of the Library has just finished its fifth year of a very successful in-school reading program at Hawthorne School. Volunteers go into the classrooms in Grades K–3 where teachers have requested help and provide a one-on-one reading experience with students in need of reading skills help. The results have been very good, and the volunteers and students really enjoy working with each other.
At the end of the school year, we ask the teachers in the classrooms in which we have volunteered to choose books for their students. The students receive several books and a book bag to keep and take home with them. Research has shown that shared reading and the availability of books in the home during a child’s first formative years are the strongest predictors of early literacy skills. This year, in addition to SLO Friends of the Library, Kiwanis Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo, and Mary Howell have donated funds to pay for the books. The book bags were donated by San Luis Sourdough/Bimbo Bakeries.
This fall we are partnering with AAUW to expand the reading program to C. L. Smith School.
We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the program by volunteering, fill in this form which will emailed to us.
Thanks to all our volunteers for making the program so successful and to our supporters for helping us purchase books for the students to keep.