Sunday, March 5, 2017

Highlights from our March Program!



In March, our speaker at Villa 500 was Mayra Ramirez of the Braille Institute and our speaker at Jackson Elementary was Christina Chavez of the Braille Institute.  Both speakers showed the children how to write their names in Braille, explained how blind people do things that people who can see simply take for granted, and showed off all the tools that blind people used to live full and fulfilling lives.  The children appreciated how important reading is and asked many questions about all the tools that blind people use to live their lives.  They even took home some Braille alphabet papers and worksheets to practice with at home!  Our next program will be April 1st.  Please click the 'Get Involved' tab if you would like to volunteer.

Highlights from our February Program!



In February, our speaker at Villa 500 was Maria Alexander, author of the 2016 Bram Stoker Award nominated novel, Snowed, and noted children's book writer.  She spoke to our children about writing and becoming an author.  She also shared research about her in-progress novel and the children asked many questions about getting started in writing.  At Jackson Elementary, Julie Tsuchiya of the Kids Reading to Succeed Board of Directors led the children through a Valentine's Day themed workshop.  The children had a great time learning about writing and making Valentines with our volunteers!  Our next program will be March 4th.  Please click the 'Get Involved' tab if you would like to volunteer.

Highlights from our January Program!

 
 

In January, our speaker at Villa 500 was the American Red Cross' Pillowcase Project, a program that increases awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness.  At Jackson Elementary, Marah Lyvers-Hill of the Tom Sawyer Camp led a program having the children act out the books they were reading.  The children had a great time learning about safety and acting out their books!  Our next program will be February 4th.  Please click the 'Get Involved' tab if you would like to volunteer.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Highlights from our December Program!


In December, our speaker at Villa 500 was Children's Choice Book Awards 2014 Illustrator of the Year and Disney illustrator for Sofia the First, Finding Dory, and Moana, Grace Lee, who spoke to our students about her work, answered questions, and led the children in their own drawings of Hei Hei, the character from Moana!  The children asked more than 20 questions and nearly 3/4 of the children presented their drawings for the class to see.  At Jackson Elementary, the American Red Cross presented the Pillowcase Project, a program that increases awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers, both leaders and readers!  The kids had a great time!  Our next program will be January 14th.  Please click the 'Get Involved' tab if you would like to volunteer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Highlights from our November Program!



In November, our speaker at both Villa 500 and Jackson Elementary was Debbie McIntosh, who spoke to our students in costume as famed children's author, Beatrix Potter, about her books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  The kids saw authentic exhibits from the author's life and asked many questions of our famous author.  Our volunteers also led the kids in a rousing game of Four Corners.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers, both leaders and readers!  The kids had a great time!  Our next program will be December 3rd.  Please click the 'Get Involved' tab if you would like to volunteer.