Making a Difference - Book-by-Book and Child-by-Child, Clark County Reads promotes the importance of literacy and provides quality literacy programs to children and families in Clark County.
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Working with businesses, community groups and individuals, Clark County Reads recruits and trains adult volunteers to share the joy of reading with struggling readers in elementary schools. Volunteers work one-on-one with the children for an hour each week for at least 10 weeks.
Donations from groups and individuals allow Clark County Reads to replace outdated books in school libraries with new nonfiction books. Prior to ordering books for a library, the organization surveys the collection to determine which books will have the greatest impact on the library and its students.
Clark County Reads distributes books at schools where students are academically at-risk. Students are allowed to choose and keep three new paperback books as their own each year. They are encouraged to read through festive book-related activities.
Book drives at various locations collect new and gently-used books for children ages 3 to 17. Books are sorted and distributed to eachers in the Clark County School District for use in Classrooms, or to give away to students.
Boots Up for Reading
Kids who read even 10 minutes a day outside of school have substantially higher rates of vocabulary growth between second and five grade. Boots Up for Reading, a book club program aimed at students in the third and four grades, provides for before-and-after school reading and discussion under the guidance of a teacher.
For more information, including how you can assist with this vital program, see the website at www.clarkcountyreads.org.