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One Hour Can Change a Life

JCL Orientation Program Set for September 26

Volunteering to read at an area school for just one hour each week can completely transform the life of a child.  The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) is offering an information and orientation session for prospective volunteers at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at the Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road (off Ansonia Road), in Woodbridge.  All adults are welcome and no prior experience is required.  At the event, literacy experts will share helpful tips, suggestions and ideas in short breakout sessions.  Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

The JCL is a nondenominational/nonsectarian program that recruits, trains and places volunteer reading partners to share the pleasures of reading and conversation, one to one with a child who can benefit from the attention of a caring adult.  Children learn the pleasures of reading and learning from caring adults, and volunteers experience the thrill of helping students love to learn.

JCL offers volunteers a unique, custom-built opportunity to help the community.  As a reading partner, you can choose the day, time, specific school and grade of the student that works best for you.  By talking and reading together, the volunteer shares the pleasures of reading and conversation, helping the child to become a confident reader and a better communicator.  Can you think of a better way to use an hour?

For more information, contact Brenda Brenner at bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org or (203) 387-2424 x 308.

JCL is a proud recipient of a 2015 TAPS award from the New Haven Public Schools, and the 2007 Superintendent’s Award, granted by the New Haven Network for Public Education.  It is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.  JCL continues to be included on each partner school’s improvement plan.

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