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BookPALS volunteer read aloud literacy program is coming to Flagstaff

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  • Karin Eberhard/Flagstaff Unified School District


BookPALS Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools is an all volunteer literacy program sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation,  placing actors, theater students, and trained community volunteers into under-served elementary schools   (pre K-6th grade) to read aloud to classrooms of students on a weekly basis- ½ hour per classroom.

“We don’t teach children to read; we teach children to love reading”, says Ellen Dean, Arizona BookPALS Director.

BookPALS volunteer read aloud literacy program is coming to Flagstaff BookPALSHPReading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading. (Becoming a Nation of Readers, US Commission on Reading Report).

Help Flagstaff kids be the best they can be, sharpen your expressive skills, and give back to your community at the same time.  Come to a Free new reader training for 2 hours and you’ll be ready to go! Booklists and read-aloud tips will be provided.

Trainings are: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from  2:00pm-4:00pm  or Thursday, October 2, 2014 from  11:00am-1:00pm at the United Way office, 1515 East Cedar Avenue in  Flagstaff.

RSVP to Peter Van Wyck at United Way 928-773-9813 ext 239  and

Supporting agencies include: Flagstaff Unified School District, The United Way, Northern Arizona University’s Theater Department, Civic Service Institute at NAU, and First Things First.

Note: For more information about Bookpals in Flagstaff contact: Karin Eberhard, FUSD 928-527-6000, Gene Munger 928-522-9208, Ellen Dean, BookPALS 602-750-2923.