Read Aloud West Virginia
P.O. Box 1784
Charleston, WV 25326
Doddridge County Reader Orientation
December 2, 2014
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Highlighted counties participate in the program
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Our volunteers have shared read aloud recommendations for preschool through high school.
There is a critical link between access to books and a child’s interest in reading—as well as his or her ultimate level of literacy. Sadly, not every home or even every school in West Virginia has a library. As a result, public libraries play a critical role in the effort to raise children who can read proficiently.
Every fall hundreds of Appalachian Power employees and retirees fan out across Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to read the same book to schoolchildren as part of Read to Me Day. Last year about 420 schools participated in the annual event that promotes reading and gives volunteers the opportunity to give back to their communities.
This year's event will be Thursday, Nov. 20.
An Appalachian Power reader shares Cynthia Rylant's "Silver Packages" with students at Our Lady of Fatima School in Huntington.
Read Aloud West Virginia of Monongalia County has volunteer openings for EDU 100 students in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University to work with children in Read Aloud promoting a lifelong love of reading among elementary-aged children.
Hours volunteered at Read Aloud are eligible for the EDU 100 service learning requirement and any CEHS education major may volunteer. Limited openings are available at Eastwood Elementary and Bartlett House Shelter in Morgantown.
For more information, click here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 21, 2014 -- Jennie Fitzkee, originally of Huntington but who now lives in Massachusetts, drove a car full of 500 new books and a donation for Read Aloud West Virginia, all inspired by her childhood friend Candy Galyean, who died in 2012.
Fitzkee, a teacher for 30 years, learned about Read Aloud from Candy's obituary, which invited donations to Read Aloud in lieu of flowers. Read more
to all the sponsors, donors and volunteers
who made Read-a-Palooza 2014
a great success.
From the Rocket Boys Festival in Beckley
Leslie Baker and members of the Raleigh County Read Aloud Board of Directors promote reading aloud to children.
Meteorologist Doug Harlow reads some of his favorites on Book Nook, which airs daily at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the Kanawha County Schools community access channel (SuddenLink channel 17).
Read Aloud West Virginia volunteers share their classroom hits from the 2012-13 school year. Find even more recommendations from around West Virginia.
Looking for your next read? This list from NPR might help.
Charleston children's book author Sarah Sullivan talks about the making of readers, writers and her book "Passing the Music Down" on Book Nook, which airs weekdays at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Suddenlink Channel 17.
Spring Creek Energy makes Read Aloud happen
Spring Creek Energy in Nicholas County made not only a finanical contribution but also a gift of time and staff to launch a Read Aloud effort in Mt. Nebo Elementary School classrooms. "I'm in," said Spring Creek owner Wayne Davis.
"What are you reading?" asks Pocahontas County Read Aloud in this radio announcement. You won't believe what a difference you can make.
Appalachian author Silas House teams up with Neela Vaswani to produce their first book for younger readers, the story of two 12-year-olds, one in New York's Chinatown, one in eastern Kentucky.
'An enjoyable activity'
When I missed a day because I was ill the students made cards for me and each read their card aloud to me and to the class the following week. I have been invited to talk about Read Aloud in my church hoping to attract volunteers. Read to young students is an enjoyable activity for me.
-- Pat Schaffer