Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives

Raising A Reader by Cyndi Runstrom

September 02, 2014 12:00 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

Back to School brings with it an opportunity for our Monday Club members to help with our commitment to the Raising A Reader Program in our county. The RAR committee would like to thank all the volunteers who have stepped up and will be in contact with you soon. 

Last May was an exciting time for the school sites that we serve. Graduation Programs were planned and attended by students and their parents. At the Child Development Resource Center in San Luis Obispo (CDRC) smiles were everywhere. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were able to present the 2 wooden red wagons that were on the center’s wish list. Gini Griffin hand lettered and touched up the wagons to personalize them from our Club. The students were presented with a lovely certificate and their own book bags. After the graduation ceremonies pizza and strawberries were enjoyed by the families. The local librarian also attended and helped the families and children to sign up for their own library card.

Throughout the summer several of our members continued reading to the students both in English and Spanish. We are looking forward to our second year of interaction with our sites. We would love you to join us. The ways you can volunteer include reading weekly to students, taking book inventory, cleaning bags, or helping with the very special end of the year graduation party.  We realize that volunteering for this program can require a consistent time commitment as the little ones depend and count on us. Because of this we are compiling a substitution list for the various sites as well. We will also be working on a fundraiser at the SLO Little Theater to be held on November 6th. We are hoping to raise monies to aid the RAR program with ongoing expenses. More details will be coming. Please don’t hesitate to email or call me with questions. We would be happy to have you as a RAR volunteer! 

My best, Cyndi Runstrom, RAR Coordinator

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