March 29th, we began our 2nd Read-With-Me program and will use it as a major fundraiser. Read-With-Me will go through the end of May or first part of June. We would love for you to invest as a reading sponsor. Investing in the life of a woman is an investment in the life of a family.
During this past year, we were forced to drastically adjust our program. Likewise, we have faced the challenge of general operating funds. Since large gatherings were not allowed, our fundraiser last year was built around our reading program, Read-With-Me.
In 2020, as part of our adjusted programs, we organized Read-With-Me, especially targeting our ESL students. Our goal is to keep our students actively engaged with English, but also to help establish a pattern of reading in the home. We help students set reading goals and then provide them with reading materials. Students choose from several reading options: read with their children, read lessons we mail to them, read stories posted within our classroom, &/or read stories in their Bibles.
Funding from a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant allows us to purchase children’s books, which we porch-drop for our students to read with their children and grandchildren. In 2020 we had 22 adult students who actively participated and an additional 35 children read with their mothers or grandmothers. We are excited that our students have asked to do this program again this year.
Students already have reading goals, so we are soliciting donors as sponsors for each of our students. Donors may make a general donation or give dollar amounts for each story a student reads. We want each student to have multiple sponsors. Read-With-Me is a true win-win event!