WECOME TO READING ROCKETS™
A volunteer reader program of Marshes of Glynn Libraries
Sponsored and supported by the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island
(Reading Rockets™ is a registered trademark of WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.)
Zooming Reading Rockets Lift-Off
For years, SSI Rotary’s Reading Rockets program has deployed volunteer readers to read on a weekly basis to Pre-K and Kindergarten children in their classrooms. Since the pandemic struck in March 2020, the volunteers have been sidelined until this spring. To make sure that the program could continue, Zooming Reading Rockets lifted off on March 1st, and volunteers are now reading to kids by way of Zoom. This pilot program will end on April 29th, but Zooming Reading Rockets will continue to be a part of the program to ensure that more volunteer readers can connect with more kids in their classrooms.
This new offering was featured in The Brunswick News on March 11, 2022, https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/reading-rockets-seek-volunteers-for-zoom-pilot/article_abde7871-5a14-510f-87e1-fd3dc8e5ec55.html
Photo courtesy of Lauren McDonald, The Brunswick News
Volunteers have lots of fun reading to the kids, and sometimes wear special props for the occasion. For instance, when reading The Gruffalo’s Child to her class of Pre-K kids at Burroughs-Molette Elementary School, Zena Martin donned her Gruffalo hat to make the story more exciting for the kids.
Volunteers Needed to Read When School Starts in August
We are recruiting volunteers now so we will be ready to read to even more kids in the fall. Over the summer, we look forward to welcoming back the volunteers who want to read in person and to meeting new volunteers who want to join our ranks.
Reading to the kids in their classrooms is such fun. When volunteers read to the same class week after week for an entire year, they become important people in the lives of the children, and they send the message to the kids that they are important. The kids learn that reading is special and will give them the power they need to reach for the stars.
Karen Gable and Linda Muir were among the first Reading Rockets volunteers when they read to the kids at The Imagination Room at the Boys & Girls Club in 2014.