The purpose of Readers Are Leaders is to instill the love of reading in young students by having volunteers read in their classrooms on a regular basis.
Assistance League of San Jose members entertain, enlighten and encourage the students as they read quality, age-appropriate literature to them. Six times during the school year, volunteers visit 54 second and third grade classrooms at 10 San Jose public schools. On each visit members read two books that are then donated to the classroom library to instill a love of reading and to improve the quality and quantity of the classroom library for in-class reading. Topics cover science, biographies and fiction.
At every reading, teachers are provided with enrichment activities to extend and reinforce content or lessons learned from the books read that day. Teachers can incorporate these into their curriculum to further engage the children and encourage them to re-read the books.
During the pandemic Readers Are Leaders activities are on hold because students are not at school. We are hoping to provide a modified program when in-person learning resumes.
Suzette Takacs, Teacher, Franklin Elementary School
Leticia Recio, Teacher, Bachrodt Academy