Read Aloud: Volunteer and help worthy organization

Giving back to our community does not always mean opening your wallet. Sometimes it just means donating a little time.

With the expansion of Read Aloud West Virginia into another school — Greenmont Elementary — the organization needs folks with just that. Well, time, and a desire to help spark a love of reading in a child.

Among Read Aloud’s programs is a volunteer effort to visit classrooms and other community locations and read to kids regularly.

Sounds like a win/win, right? If you think so, there are some steps to take, however.

Read Aloud volunteer readers should be certified, which means attending a one-hour orientation session (the next one is at 10 a.m. March 14), and passing a background check. If you are a little nervous about reading in front of kids, don’t worry. The orientation session includes a rundown of classroom expectations and tips for choosing books.

A child who learns to love reading has a treasure. He or she is equipped to be a step ahead.

And, of course, the folks reading the books get experiences to treasure, too. Most volunteers look forward to their chance to read to the kids each week.

Consider throwing your name in to become a volunteer reader for this wonderful program.