Opening books, changing lives
Why a Reading Connection?
Supporting our community starts with the children. Improving the chances of success for children in crisis starts with reading. A love of reading can make all the difference between academic success or failure.
Research has shown that reading aloud to children "is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading." (from Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985)
For over 20 years, The Reading Connection (TRC) has been reading with kids who have no one else to read to them and giving books to kids who had none.
The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. This mission is accomplished by
- Volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers,
- Donations that provide children with free, new books to keep,
- Workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development and
- Training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.
Take a look at one of our Read-Alouds in action!