|Kids and volunteers in the Read-Aloud program at the Wedgewood Community Center.|
Volunteers read them stories, the children made maracas, they had a parade – and every child got to select a book to take home. The goal is to “surround the kids with literary richness and help them start a home library,” said Judy Hijikata, communications director at the Reading Connection.
The Read-Aloud program takes place every Tuesday afternoon at the Wedgwood Community Center, for school-age children, most of whom attend Annandale Terrace Elementary School. Students receive a free book every time they come.
The program is conducted in partnership with Facets, which operates after-school and summer programs at the Wedgewood Community Center. The Giving Circle of Hope gave the Reading Connection a grant to cover the cost of the books and volunteer training.