The mission of the Hudson Reads Literacy at Lunch program is to promote children’s literacy and a love of learning through paired reading experiences with caring individuals. Becoming one of our Reading Mentors is how you as a community member can help promote the literacy of our students, an ongoing goal.
Currently, 54% of American adults are not literate beyond a sixth-grade level. Many American families, regardless of income, no longer prioritize reading aloud with their children. Research has found that children who are read aloud with excel academically, professionally, and emotionally. We want more mentors for students to read aloud with so they too can grow their literacy. Hudson Reads is a great undertaking and involves the help of many community members; we are grateful you are here!
Through the Hudson Reads Literacy at Lunch program, students are paired up with community members to read and talk about books during their lunch times. These mentorships help students in building confidence, self-esteem and academic skills, as well as cultivating a love and enjoyment of reading and learning. A reading mentor and child are paired through teacher recommendation or parent request to meet weekly to read and discuss great books. Onsite coordinators supervise the reading hour and offer any needed support. Books are provided or if you choose to bring your own it must be approved by the site coordinator. Community members can be reading mentors on whichever days they are able to do so, but please make sure you are able to make a school-year commitment to the program as building relationships with your young readers is tantamount.
Volunteer for the “Literacy at Lunch” Program
Through the Hudson Reads “Literacy at Lunch” program, students are paired up with community members to read and talk about books during their lunchtimes. These mentorships help students in building confidence, self-esteem and academic skills, as well as cultivating a love of reading and learning.
Click here to learn more about the “Literacy at Lunch” program and how you can support our students by becoming a reading mentor.
Please remember that even if you are unable to support our students with your time, tax deductible donations to help buy books and supplies will be gratefully accepted through the Hudson City School District Community Endowment Fund.
Hudson Reads Contact Information
Site Director: Carrie Patch
Phone: 518-828-4360, ext. 1126