This summer we are excited to start our ¡Vamos a Leer! program throughout our eight institutions. The program aims to motivate children to read more over the slow summer months and help inspire them through the stories they hear. This year we were awarded a grant from the Chilean government to help us provide even more books that the volunteers can take in to read with the younger children and to encourage the older children to read independently.
Some of the children in our program already enjoy reading but have limited resources to help further their interest, but there are also quite a few children who would never think of reading as a way to spend their free time. Through !Vamos a Leer!, we hope to change this because we know the importance of reading in terms of expanding vocabulary, increasing their reading ability and improving their overall academic performance. Our program lets children choose their own books and sets age/skill appropriate goals for finishing them. At the end of the Chilean summer, we plan to celebrate the close of the program with Carnaval, a fun outdoor event for all the children who reached their reading goals.
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