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Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy


If you like kids and know how to read... you can be a Literacy Volunteer! Download a brochure 
or contact dbarrett@jewishrochester.org  or call Debbie, 585-461-0490, ext. 8621.

A small investment of your time brings the greatest of rewards!

The Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy is in its 15th successful year. We invite you to join or re-join this tremendous effort to help our city youth. The Coalition will train you and place you in a city school where you will work one-on-one with a student who needs help with literacy skills. Or, if you would prefer to read stories to a classroom of kindergarteners or 1st graders... we will arrange it. Give a minimum of one hour per week and get back the most fulfilling experience of a lifetime!

In 1999, the Federation instituted the Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Today, we have 170 trained volunteers helping to instill a love of reading at 14 City Schools. We have worked one-on-one with hundreds of children in kindergarten through third grade, the most critical age in learning to read. We also have volunteers who work in fourth through sixth grade. Additionally, through Coalition book drives, we have collected and distributed over 15,750 books.

As Jews, the fundamental importance of education is a core value. Literacy is the first essential step; we believe it is a right shared by all people. Studies show that children who cannot read by the fourth grade are doomed to fall behind. The forecast for so many Rochester City School children – in an overburdened system with too few positive role models – is alarming.

We are proud of the role we take in assisting our community's children to become readers. There are so many more children to reach – thousands are at risk.

Contact dtill@jewishrochester.org to find out more. Learn more about this year's Literacy program at the Community Relations home page.

If you prefer, give us a call at (585) 461-0490.

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