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How long have you been involved with Reading Pals?
This is my third year.
What do you love about ReadingPals?
I love to see the kids bond with their volunteers. Their faces light up and they rush to the door to greet them. The special attention the kids get from their volunteers is priceless and the one on one time is invaluable.
What do you think the biggest impacts the ReadingPals program has for your children (students)?
It’s hard to determine a measurable academic impact because our kids vary so vastly – some learn and retain easily, others have serious delays and struggle with the simplest concepts, but working one on one with an adult gives every child that extra boost. I think even more important is the fact that someone comes once a week to spend time with them and make them feel special. With a class of 19, that’s such a treat for them. Some of our volunteers are incredibly generous and bring treats and gifts, but nothing compares to being singled out, listened to, and valued each week.
How does the program help you as a teacher?
Our kids are taken out during center time, and on those days we can spend more individual time with the remaining children, which is a plus. It’s also helpful for them to get the reinforcement of concepts taught in the classroom.
What difference do you see the program makes for those children who are matched with a ReadingPal?
For any child, there’s a clear benefit to having as many people as possible nurturing and teaching them. Some of our kids need as many positive role models in their lives as they can get. Our volunteers model caring and kindness as well as the value placed on learning.
ECARE is looking forward to Pensacola Northwest Sertoma’s Hogfest benefiting our mission here at ECARE. The ticket cost is $100 and enters you in a reverse raffle for a chance to win a 2020 Harley Davidson Fatboy Motorcycle (valued at $20,000) or $10,000 cash, whichever you prefer. Only 600 tickets will be sold! The ticket also admits two to a party on June 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Harley Davidson dealership where you will have unlimited food from approximately 15 local restaurants and unlimited beer and wine (please drink responsibly), while listening to live music by True Blue Band. If you are not able to attend the party, a ticket would make a great “Date Night” gift for a couple you know. To get your ticket today, please contact ECARE at (850)433-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Child A Reader in Escambia (ECARE) is seeking Reading Pal volunteers interested in working with pre-kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year at Montclair Elementary, Weis Elementary, Lincoln Park Elementary, Semmes Elementary and West Pensacola Elementary School.
The goal of this program is to help students build strong pre-literacy skills necessary for kindergarten success. Volunteers are trained to effectively use themed literacy kits that engage children in age appropriate learning activities. Mentor training and on-going support are provided to ensure a positive volunteer experience. A successful background check including a Level II security screening is required of all volunteers. Volunteers are asked to be smoke and tobacco free while volunteering as a Reading Pal.
A commitment of at least 45 minutes one day per week is requested. We allow some flexibility to accommodate our volunteers’ personal and professional schedules; volunteers may change volunteer time or day when necessary and may work in teams of two if desired.
To register for an upcoming Reading Pal training, visit www.uwwf.galaxydigital.org and scroll down to events. If you have any questions, please contact ECARE at 433-6893.
ECARE was pleased to again participate in Northeast Pensacola SERTOMA’s Hogfest event in April. Thank you to SERTOMA for their continued support!
Thank you to our corporate, foundation and community sponsors!
Baptist Health Care
Bear Family Foundation
Beggs and Lane
Bob Riker Irrigation Services, Inc.
Central Credit Union
Combined Insurance Services
Emily Ley Paper
Gulf Power Foundation
International Paper Foundation
Margie Moore- Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Melba Bayers Meyer Charitable Trust
Navy Federal Credit Union
Northeast Pensacola SERTOMA
Olive Baptist Church
Rotary Club of Pensacola
Seville Rotary Club
Society of the Debutante Charity Cotillion
The UPS Store/ Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program
United Way of West Florida
Young Packaging Supplies