Reception for reading buddies

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) is planning to recognize its reading volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Reception May 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge.

This year, the volunteer appreciation reception, which is open to everyone, not just volunteers, will feature keynote speaker Mary Ann Hoberman, children’s Poet Laureate and the critically acclaimed author of more than forty books for children, including A House is a House for Me, winner of a National Book Award.

Hoberman, who lives in Greenwich, is the 2003 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English.

There are more than 165 JCL reading partners – a diverse group of volunteers from different faiths, educational backgrounds and experiences who commit one hour a week to read one-on-one with assigned students.

JCL pairs volunteers and students to share the pleasures of reading and conversation with each other to form nurturing relationships. JCL is an award winning-project of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Educators from JCL’s seven partner New Haven public schools and other local children’s literacy advocates are invited to attend the reception to honor JCL reading partners for donating their precious time and for sharing their love of reading and learning with students who, in turn, have the opportunity to practice expressing their opinion to an interested adult.

JCL’s programs are open to the community without charge.

For more information about becoming a JCL reading partner or about the reception, contact Brenda Brenner at bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org or (203)387-2424×308.

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