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Share the Love of Reading with A Child

On September 20, Learn About Volunteering as A Reading Partner with JCL

“In the lives of the children we serve, having an adult read to them, discuss with them, and solicit their opinions is something which may happen only rarely,” says Beth Kaufman, chair of Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL). JCL’s reading partners share the pleasures of reading; giving public elementary school students needed one-on-one attention. For just one hour a week, the volunteer reads and talks with a student. Volunteers help engage students with words, enriching foundations for thought and imagination.

A non-denominational program of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, JCL serves about 350 students in seven schools each year. It provides training, placement, and support to volunteers and is seeking caring, committed volunteers for the upcoming school year. Reading partners choose the day, time, specific school and grade of the students they would like to work with. Potential volunteers are invited to attend the following information session:

Information & Orientation Session

Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven

At the session, learn from:

  • Abie Benitez, Director of Instruction, New Haven Public Schools, Board of Education;
  • Margie Gillis, Literacy How, Inc., president and founder; and
  • Krista Bergin, literacy intervention facilitator, New Haven Public School.

All are welcome as volunteers; no previous experience needed. To RSVP or for more information about JCL, contact Brenda Brenner at or 203 387-2424 x 308.

JCL is an award-winning project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is a philanthropic organization that cares for those in need, enhances Jewish life and ensures the continuity of a vibrant Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.

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