EDITORIAL: Give children gift of your time on Reading Day

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Can you remember when the three “Rs” — reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic — were stressed as the primary building blocks of education?

Let’s face it, reading remains a keystone in the education process. Therefore, it’s important that we show our support for our young people, especially when it comes to literacy.

On Tuesday, April 30, local elementary schools will observe Reading Day, and adults are needed to help make this special event a success. These volunteers are asked to spend one hour visiting the schools, listening to children read and discussing what they’ve read recently, according to United Way of Lee County volunteer Ron Hewett.

Hewett notes, “The purpose was to give the kids a chance to show off their reading skills, and, two, get people channeled through Volunteer Lee.”

That’s right —  participants are asked to use the Volunteer Lee website to sign up for the school at which they would like to give their time. Here’s how to register:

SBlt Visit www.volunteerlee.com (join as a new member if you are not registered)

SBlt Click on the website’s “Organizations” tab.

SBlt Click on the Lee County elementary school where you’d like to contribute.

SBlt Click “Reading Day” under the “Get Involved” banner.

SBlt Click “Respond” to sign up.

Times for the event vary among schools.

All factors considered, it’s a win-win situation.

Those seeking ways to serve, both in local schools and elsewhere, can find all manner of opportunities on the Volunteer Lee website, which matches individuals with religious, civic and public organizations that are in need of their help. On Reading Day, the confidence that volunteers will instill in students, and the support they will be showing, will resonate long beyond Tuesday.

Listening to children read may sound like such a simple thing, but it’s important that we show such interest, as it can serve as a motivational tool to inspire these students. The youth stand to gain valuable skills that can help them in their future studies.

If you’ve got an hour to spare on Tuesday, why not volunteer at Reading Day?