Friday Reading Club

by Matt on September 14, 2008

in Literacy, Parent Notes

We need your help! Please download the Friday Reading Club Flyer and pass it along to anyone you think would make a great Reading Mentor! 


Friday Reading Club is a time for Reading Mentors (that’s you!) to visit our class and listen to students read one-on-one.  We began this project last year and had the Deputy Superintendent (now the Interim Superintendent), the Chief Business Officer, and Chief Technology Officer of New Haven participate on a weekly basis, as well as the Union City Fire Department on an occasional basis.

This year I would like to expand the program so that all our students are reading once a week with a Reading Mentor.  We have 30 students in room 18 and we cannot accomplish this goal without you!

Why is this important?

This project is modeled after a similar, larger project in Oregon that has helped thousands of kids learn to enjoy and succeed at reading.  In Oregon a study found that 5th grade students who participated in their program were 60% more likely to meet state reading benchmarks.  Beyond improved test scores, this program is designed to help children fall in love with reading!

What will I do as a Reading Mentor?

You will simply sit next to a child (the same student each week) and listen to them read a book.  You may also, on occasion, read to your student as well. You only need to be present in the classroom once a week for about 30 minutes.  There will be a short (5-10 minute) training video you will watch in the comfort of your home before your first reading session.  This short video will help your work as a Reading Mentor.  You will read with the same student from week to week as part of the mentoring relationship.

When is Reading Club?

Our Reading Club starts Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:30 – 1:05.  We will read each and every Friday until June 5 between 12:30 – 1:05.  There are several Fridays off due to vacations, modified school days, STAR testing, etc.  You will receive a calendar with Friday Reading Club dates after you sign up.

How long will I be reading with a student each time I visit?

You will be reading for around 35 minutes, from 12:30 – 1:05 each and every Friday afternoon.

How long do I need to commit to?

It is best if you can read with a student for the entire school year (about 30 minutes each and every Friday). For logistical reasons, we need you to commit to at least 3 months, or about 12 Fridays.

Although this commitment is only about 30 minutes every Friday, it is a very serious commitment.  You are expected to show up each and every Friday from 12:30 – 1:05 to read with your student.  He or she and the teacher is counting on your attendance and will be extremely disappointed if you do not show up for your appointment!

What if I still have questions?

Please use our contact form to ask any additional questions

Download the Friday Reading Club Flyer and Application: Friday Reading Club Application.pdf

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