Our wee read program matched almost a thousand trained individuals, students, volunteer employee teams and retired couples with two or three kindergarten or Grade 1 children each. The aim: be a reading role model! Read aloud, in school, once a week for 20-30 minutes, for eight weeks, to your same small group. Share tales, your enthusiasm and play games. Help children develop their curiosity, vocabulary and a love of stories, facts—and books!
Our volunteers say it was fun, easy and rewarding. Now, the young students are excited about books and learning to read. (And, some wee read volunteers will go on to train as Calgary Reads Read Up! one-on-one reading tutors – a bigger role with even more potential impact!)
We’re working to shore-up potential shortfalls in a child’s life. We get books into the hands of children who have none, or few. We help parents, grandparents and caregivers understand why the first 2000 days of a child’s life are so important. Why it’s essential to read aloud to babies and children; and, how to help children build language and reading skills.
Why we’ve spent another year doing what we do
What we’ve been up to in 2014/2015
How we’re evolving the way we work
Who we are
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What we do
“My name is Avery and I am in grade 4 at Colonel Walker School in Inglewood. I am a huge fan of Calgary Reads because it has impacted my life so much.
Before I met my volunteer I wasn't a big fan of reading. I thought it was just ‘exercise for my eyes’. To be honest, one of the reasons I didn't like to read very much was because I wasn't that good at it. I thought that sounding out words was kind of hard, and when I read I felt kind of alone.
But then I met my Calgary Reads volunteer. She came into our classroom at Colonel Walker School twice a week to read with me. I didn't feel alone anymore, and I began to
took forward to the times when she would come to visit. Sometimes she brought little presents for me, and she always had a smile ready.
My volunteer was fun to be around. And when she helped me sound out new words, she never got mad at me if I didn't get it right away. Pretty soon I was reading chapter books!
Books are pretty amazing things. They don't look like much on the outside, but inside there are stories that are magical . . . adventures and new friends. Every night before I go to sleep, I read a little. It helps me to relax, and I like it. Sometimes when I'm reading and I get to a hard word, I remember my Calgary Reads’ volunteer. Thank you!"
"Calgary Reads gift to my child was by extension—a gift to me. It really was love and kindness in action. It had weight. I was supported. I wish I could say I read with Avery every night, but we’re a busy family. Thank you for reading with Avery. We can’t do this alone. Thank you for supporting her . . . and me. It wasn’t a little thing."
– Avery's Mom
of Alberta's children arrive at Kindergarten without the strong foundation they need to be successful.
As a part of the revised wee read program
kindergarten children in
schools were read to by
high school students
of adult Canadians have low literacy skills
Alberta's high school completion rate of
is one of the lowest in Canada.
volunteers tutors in the Read Up! Tutor Program provided
Schools benefited directly from Calgary Reads programs in 2014/2015
Change values so that everyone views reading as a priority in homes and schools (and they make time for it).
Increase engagement so schools and families are better connected around reading and literacy . . . and parents are engaged in their children’s learning.
Increase access to quality literacy resources (including books!) in schools and homes.
Increase the capacity of parents, caregivers, teachers, health care professionals and others – so they know how to help young readers acquire the skills to be proficient, lifelong readers.
Reading builds brains. From birth to age five, a baby’s brain is growing fast. It will make trillions of connections between billions of neurons. Each time we cuddle up to read to a child, we’re sending a pleasure measure to the child’s brain.
To help parents and caregivers be their child’s first best teacher we share information, resources, and videos.
high school completion rates
lower crime rates
Pledge to Read