Would you like to help children in Erie County enter kindergarten with a love of reading and ready to learn?
United Way of Erie County has created the Reading Buddies program in conjunction with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Children participating in the Imagination Library program receive one free book a month from birth to age 5. More than 5,300 children throughout Erie County are taking part.
The program is seeking volunteer Reading Buddies to help support and promote the program.
Reading Buddies will receive a 90-minute training session on early childhood literacy and methods to enhance the reading experience with children. Once trained, the Reading Buddies will participate in special events held at locations throughout Erie County where the Imagination Library is being promoted. These include community/neighborhood centers, faith-based organizations, library branches and social service agencies. Reading Buddies are especially needed in the county.
To learn more about the Reading Buddies program, visit www.unitedwayerie.org/imagination.
If you are not able to volunteer, you can sponsor a child to receive the Imagination Library books for $30 a year. For more information on this, visit www.unitedwayerie.org/imagination.