The FA welcomes community volunteers for the first ‘Drop it all and read’ live event

Foundation Academies younger students learned about footprints in the snow, runaway bunnies and how to spread kindness at our first in-person “Drop It All and Read” event featuring community volunteers reading books aloud children’s favorites in our primary school classes.

“We love inviting community members into our classrooms and our scholars love sharing the stories,” said Natasia Cooper, Director of Studies. “Seeing that adults enjoy and enjoy reading encourages children to see reading as fun, which makes it easier for them to learn.”

Drop Everything And Read” (DEAR) is a national initiative that encourages young readers to learn literacy skills and develop a love of reading. During the COVID pandemic, DEAR events were online, making this visit extra special for teachers and scholars.

“We are all bound by the love of literature,” Brittany Greco, principal of the primary school in residence, told the gathered volunteers. “We are honored to have you all here.”

Guest readers included representatives from the Trenton Literacy Movement, Millhill Child & Family Development, Capital Area YMCA, and volunteers from across the Mercer County community.

Friends of Foundation Academies board member Betsy Rendall called the opportunity to share her love of reading with FA students “a dream come true”.

The primary school’s emphasis on literacy incorporates intentional learning experiences, such as DEAR, to demonstrate the importance of reading as a lifelong endeavour. At FA, we are committed to equipping our scholars to excel in learning and empowering them to lead purposeful lives.

“DEAR helps our students see how fun and rewarding reading can be,” noted Ms. Cooper. “It shows that we fully support the idea of ​​dropping everything to pick up a good book!” The next DEAR event will take place on October 31. To participate, please contact Mary-Anne Smith, Foundation Academies Advancement [email protected] DEAR and other volunteer events are organized by The Friends of Foundation Academies, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to encourage community support for the FA. Board members, community members and volunteers support, enhance and promote learning opportunities for young people in Trenton who attend the FA.

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