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What is the Read Aloud Program?

Read Aloud Program

 

The Read Aloud Program is a partnership among the faculty and staff of Boston College, the Boston Public Schools and Boston Partners in Education. The program's volunteers are assigned to read to students once a month at Brighton area schools including Thomas Edison and St. Columbkille Partnership School. Volunteers have the choice of reading to any class ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 5, and depending on the school she/he serves, the reading will take place on either Mondays or Thursdays.

 

What is the time commitment?
 

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The Read Aloud Program assigns each volunteer to a team comprised of four members dedicated to work with one classroom throughout the year. Each classroom is visited once per week by a member of the team for 20 minutes. Each volunteer is responsible for one of the four sessions per month.

The one hour monthly commitment per volunteer includes travel time between Boston College and the school. The schools usually schedule readings between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Readings begin in mid-October and run until the end of the academic year.

 

What kinds of books are read?

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Readings can be selected from picture books for younger students or a succession of chapters in more advanced books for older students. Readings can be timed to the season of the year, special holidays, historic events, current affairs or can be taken from a recommended book list.

 

Who volunteers?

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Faculty and staff from all areas of the campus participate in the program. No prior classroom experience is necessary. A training is offered before the program starts, led by a Boston Partners in Education team and the coordinator of the program. This event includes handouts, updated booklists, tips, techniques, signing of forms required from those working in a school setting, and discussion of the logistics of the program.

 

Why volunteer?

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Volunteering in the Read Aloud takes very little time, yet it is tremendously rewarding. The response from everyone involved in this program, volunteers, teachers and students has been increasingly encouraging and positive since the program's inception in 1995. However, the success of this program depends on the continuous dedication of its participants.

 

Will there be training?

Read Aloud Program

  The Read Aloud training session will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in the Walsh Hall function room on Lower Campus. Lunch will be served. New volunteers are required to attend the training and returning volunteers are encouraged to attend and share their experiences with the program.

 

How to volunteer?
Read Aloud Program  

If you're either a returning reader or a new volunteer for the Read Aloud Program, please submit an application form.

 

 

For further information, please contact Laura Bitran at bitran@bc.edu, or by phone at 617-552-4787.
 

STUDENTS:
Please note: For volunteer opportunities involving reading, tutoring, or mentoring please contact:
Volunteer and Service Learning Center at (617) 552-1317, email: volunteer@bc.edu
Boston College Neighborhood Center, at (617) 552-0445, email: bcnc@bc.edu