Today is December 6th. It is the last Alvernia READS visit of the semester. We will be ending our journey at St. Joe’s after-school program. What a wonderful adventure it has been to work with volunteers, teachers, principals, and best of all children. Every visit I go to, the kiddos are so excited to be taking a book home to call their own. I have also learned a lot from the children we meet. I have learned that something as simple as a children’s book can be life-changing. I have actually learned just as much from my volunteers.
Here are thoughts from volunteers about the Alvernia READS program:
“For me Alvernia Reads is not about the credit, but helping children develop a lifetime love of reading. The children I work with are always excited when they see us walk in. They know they are about to hear a story and do a fun activity, but most of all the excitement of getting a new book. As Heather puts the books out the children are already talking about which books they want. They are now even beginning to tell me some books I should get. I love the program and hope that it continues to grow so more children have the opportunity to participate.”
-Shontai Greene, Junior Education major
“Alvernia Reads is always a fun, exciting, and new learning experience! I have been to various trips with Alvernia Reads, and I can honestly say that it is eye-opening to work with the children, and to see their faces when they receive a new book is truly priceless. I have gained so much by going to Alvernia Reads, especially skills that will prepare me for my future career as a teacher.”
-Marena Bondi, Freshman Education major
“Alvernia READS is an early childhood literacy program that enables young minds to be introduced to the beneficial action of reading. The kids have an opportunity to engage in reading books and play literacy games with their classroom friends. I thought it was great that the program collected books here on campus and brought them to the site for the children to take home after they finished reading that day. As this is my favorite service opportunity offered by the HCCE, I loved seeing these kids become so captivated by the power of words and I know each of us volunteers look forward to returning as soon as possible!”
-Katie Jo Galezniak, Freshman Occupational Therapy major
It puts a smile on my face to know that what we do is educational, fun, and most of all worth-while to the Alvernia students, too. This semester we had a WONDERFUL and enthusiastic bunch of student volunteers.
"There are many little ways to enlarge a child’s world. Love of books is the best of all." - Jaqueline Kennedy
Peace and Happiness,