BEAR – Be A Reader
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There is no better tool than a book. It can pry open the locks of poverty and hopelessness and make way for dreams to take hold.
-Marion Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund
Research shows that up until third grade, children learn to read. Beginning in fourth grade, children read to learn. If they have not yet mastered reading, they begin a downward spiral that is difficult to correct. If children receive even a small intervention by third grade, their chances increase dramatically.
The goal of the Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center’s Be a Reader (BEAR) program is to help at-risk children in Tidewater public school acquire the reading skills and love of learning that lead to personal happiness and success.
Volunteers read one-on-one with a child once a week at elementary schools in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth. The volunteers and children read aloud and work on spelling, vocabulary and classroom reading assignments.
Join with other people in our community who are helping children learn to read and experiencing the rewards in making a difference in a child’s life. Most children will blossom with the individual attention of a caring adult. You can be that person.
- Read with your BEAR child one hour a week
- Receive training and help from our school BEAR captains
To sponsor this program or learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Wendy Weissman, at 757-965-6107.
We also would like to honor the following individuals who have generously made a donation to the BEAR program:
Helen and Warren Aleck
Babbi and Brad Bangel
Frances Levy Birshtein
Lois and Barry Einhorn
Lori and Michael Glasser
Nancy Sacks Jacobson
Sandy and Albert Parsons
Nancy and Charles Rosenblatt
Carol B. Rosenblatt
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rashkind
Carol B. Rosenblatt
Nancy and Marc Samuels
Lynn and Rachel Shoenbaum
Clara L. Stanley
Lori and Scott Tabakin
Beth and Harlan Vingan
Princess Anne Women’s Club of Virginia Beach