The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

November 7, 2010

Training session set for Read Aloud volunteers

BECKLEY — Wanda Simpkins, chair of the Raleigh County Read Aloud program, has announced there will be two orientation/training sessions for interested Read Aloud volunteers on Wednesday, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. The orientation will be held downstairs at the Raleigh County Public Library. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help children develop a desire to read for fun is invited to attend.

Read Aloud is a statewide, county by county initiative that recruits and places volunteer readers in classrooms and other settings. Raleigh County’s chapter now has readers in several schools, but more teachers have requested readers for their classrooms and volunteer readers are desperately needed.

Most Read Aloud volunteers spend less than an hour a week in the classroom, but often become a highlight in the children’s school week. This kind of service is flexible enough that it is ideal for individuals, both working and retired, as well as book clubs, church groups and civic groups.

Orientation sessions give prospective volunteers clear instruction on the roles of the volunteer and school, insight into what makes an enjoyable Read Aloud experience for children, suggestions for getting started and, hopefully, some inspiration.

Registration is helpful but not required. People may register or find more information by calling 304-345-5212 or by e-mailing

For more local information on Raleigh County’s Read Aloud program, call Leslie Baker at 304-252-3730.


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