Read-a-thon targets male volunteers

Read-a-thon targets male volunteers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Northeast Arkansas Early Learning calls for male volunteers for a read-a-thon.

The six-week read-a-thon sponsored by the Arkansas Head Start Association runs from Jan. 4 through Feb. 14.

The main goal is to get kids interested in reading and prepare them for their future education.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure the kids are as equipped as they can be to get ready for kindergarten," Community Partnership Manager Lauren Isbell said.

Isbell said several students with Arkansas Early Learning do not have access to books. This drive will help them realize the importance of reading and they can even take books home.

"A lot of our students here are below the federal poverty line so we just want them to have exposure to books," Isbell said.

The read-a-thon will also give the kids some different positive role models.

Arkansas Early Learning is targeting male readers this year to help their students who may not have a male role model.

"Many of our kids come from single family households led by single moms and they just don't have that strong male influence in their lives, so we just want them exposed to that," Isbell said.

It is only the fourth day into the read-a-thon and the kids perk up every time a volunteer comes to read.

"They have had such a blast with all the different people coming in to read to them and having different people in the classroom keeps it interesting and fun for them as well," Isbell said.

Isbell said this project will not only benefit the kids, but also those who come to read.

"It is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and reach out to our kids who are some of the most vulnerable kids in our population," Isbell said.

To volunteer for the read-a-thon you can visit the website or contact them at 870-931-1172.

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