To share our love of reading with the children who attend the Cleveland Public Schools, our Prime and Middle School divisions recently held a book drive in partnership with Greater Cleveland Volunteers. Hundreds of picture books, early readers, and chapter books were collected with the goal of giving the children tutored by members of the AARP Foundation Experience Corps an age-appropriate book to read over spring break.
The AARP Foundation Experience Corps, managed by Greater Cleveland Volunteers, engages older adults as literacy tutors to kindergarten through third grade students, providing the support students need at an early age to enable them to succeed in school and life. Program Director and HB Parent, Kirsten Frei-Hermann and three volunteers from this incredible community program joined our sixth grade students the afternoon of March 10, 2016 to share their inspiring stories and to help them sort the hundreds of books we collected. The sixth graders enjoyed creating bookmarks, too, to accompany their book donations.
Greater Cleveland Volunteers is a past and current recipient of funding from the Middle School branch of the GROW Foundation. Both last year and this year, GROW awarded them a grant to support the summer literacy kits the tutors give to the children they support.
The gift of reading during vacation time is immeasurable, especially for families who do not have ready access to books. We sincerely thank all of our students and their families who participated in our book drive and Greater Cleveland Volunteers for partnering with us. For more information about the AARP Foundation Experience Corps, check out their website here.