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Project READ

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What is Project READ | Time Commitment | Volunteers Benefit | Children Benefit
Participating Schools | Join Our Team | For More Information... | Project Read Brochure

graphic "What is Project Read?"

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It's a simple idea:
Match first, second, and third grade students with adult business volunteers who can give them one-on-one attention as they practice the reading skills they are learning in the classroom. That’s Project READ.

Project READ was established in 1994 and annually matches students in the John Swett, Martinez, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, and San Ramon Valley School Districts with caring business volunteers who make a significant impact in their lives.

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graphic "Time Commitment""

  • 30 minutes
  • One day a week during lunch
  • Fall and Spring sessions
  • Each session lasts 8 weeks

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graphic "Volunteers Benefit""

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"I am astounded at what joy I get from reading with the kids, praising their strengths and shoring up their areas of weakness . . . this whole experience has really opened my eyes to how desperately kids need adults to make reading fun for them."

- Elisabeth Reimer
John Muir Health

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Responsibilities
Orientation Meeting Rules
Permission Form

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graphic "Children Benefit""

  • They enjoy reading with volunteers
  • They develop confidence in their abilities and begin to participate in class more actively
  • They look to their reading "buddy" as a positive role model

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graphic "Participating Schools"

  • Cambridge Elementary—Concord
  • John Muir Elementary—Martinez
  • Las Juntas Elementary—Martinez
  • Marina Vista—Pittsburg
  • Rodeo Hills Elementary—Rodeo
  • Shore Acres Elementary—Bay Point
  • Twin Creeks Elementary—San Ramon
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Schools are waiting to be added to this list! Help bring Project READ to additional elementary schools by becoming a volunteer!

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graphic "Join Our Team"

Join our team of local businesses, school district employees and service groups who are committed to giving back to the community by helping children learn to read.

  • Bank of America
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Comcast
  • ConocoPhillips Company
  • Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • John Muir Health
  • John Swett Unified School District
  • Martinez Unified School District
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Shell Oil Products US/Martinez Refinery

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graphic "For More Information""

John Swett Unified School District
Contact:  Aimee Lohr
510.245.5130

Martinez Unified School District
Contact:  Cathy Ivers
925.313.3771

Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Contact:  Vonda Boucher
925.682.8000 x4016

Pittsburg Unified School District
Contact:  Patty Deutsche
925.432.5576

San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Contact:  Janet Auer
925.842.1719

Project READ
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
Contact: Janet Haun
phone:  925.942.3368
fax:  925.934.1057

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Page updated on: July 09, 2014

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