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In 2008, only 38% of Los Angeles fifth-graders scored high enough on California’s English language arts tests to qualify as ready to enter sixth grade.

The Wonder of Reading seeks to change that dismal statistic. Over 130,000 elementary-age youngsters throughout Greater Los Angeles attend our 206 partner schools. Each school has a beautifully renovated library, restocked with $10,000 of new books. More than 5,000 volunteers have been trained as literacy mentors for struggling students at these schools.

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If you are interested in learning more about any of our programs listed below, or if you are interested in volunteering for The Wonder of Reading please contact Andrew Hodgson at (323) 634-7110 or ahodgson@wonderofreading.org.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY RENOVATION PROGRAM

It all begins with the library.
The Wonder of Reading works with partner schools to design and renovate new libraries that become vibrant centers of learning. These libraries provide the opportunity for children and their families to have access to a wide selection of books to read, and read often.

The application process is competitive, ensuring partner schools are committed and willing to provide long-term support. The entire elementary school, school district and neighborhood come together and assume responsibility for the construction, developing a strong sense of ownership.

The Wonder of Reading provides resources, funding, design, and planning, to make the libraries come to fruition. New libraries feature carpeted story steps for group reading, individual work stations for tutoring and a cozy corner for quite reading.

In the end, it’s not just the school that gets a library – it’s the community. And when the community gathers to cut the ribbon, it’s not just an opening, it’s a celebration.

BOOK RESTOCKING PROGRAM

We provide resources to help our new partner schools eliminate outdated and ruined books and then we fill their new library with $10,000 worth of new volumes. 

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LITERACY GRANTS
Literacy Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to partner schools to help keep their book inventories updated with fresh copies of old favorites, as well as newly published titles. In 2008 alone, $96,000 worth of Literacy Grants were awarded to local partner elementary schools.

VOLUNTEER READING PROGRAM
Nothing inspires a child’s curiosity, confidence, and growth like the committed attention of a trained, caring adult. The Volunteer Reading Partner Program assists schools with volunteer recruitment, training, and retention. Volunteers are taught to work with struggling students, ensuring they spend time with a book on a regular basis, and encouraging their enjoyment of reading.

ENHANCED VOLUNTEER READING PROGRAM
The Wonder of Reading has launched a pilot program at two schools that will strengthen our Volunteer Reading Program and generate valuable data, quantifying its effectiveness. A credentialed teacher, funded by The Wonder of Reading, is placed on site along with a research-based computer software program from Pearson Digital Learning to develop individualized lesson plans.
Instruction is done both one-on-one and in small groups to monitor and improve each student's reading skills. In addition, dedicated Volunteer Reading Partners review progress reports before their weekly reading time to provide the additional support, guidance, and encouragement that helps foster the child's love of reading. This close collaboration ensures real results for the children who need it most.

FAMILY READING PROGRAM
A child’s passion for reading needs nurturing at home as well as at school. The Wonder of Reading assists schools in delivering the Family Reading Program, founded by The Walt Disney Company. This program provides comprehensive workshop materials, trains family members to develop their children’s reading skills at home, and includes a Village Read-In that puts into practice what both the family and the child have learned. Online ordering of the Family Reading Program available soon! To order the Family Reading Program now, please contact Andrew Hodgson at (323) 634-7110 or ahodgson@wonderofreading.org.


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VISITING AUTHOR PROGRAM
Imagine a child hearing a book read by the very person who wrote it. For a child who has rarely been read to, it is a captivating and unforgettable experience.  The Wonder of Reading enlists the participation of children’s book authors and illustrators to visit our partner schools, to share the story of how their books came to be, and to describe what gave them the confidence to bring their stories into the world.

PRINCIPALS' FORUM
Principals’ responsibilities and workloads are tremendous, and the resources they need are in short supply. The Wonder of Reading helps build a peer network of support. The Principals’ Forum, an annual event, is a valuable opportunity for principals to meet and share experiences and best practices. Principals are also recognized with an Outstanding Educator Award, celebrating their work on behalf of the students and their communities.

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