The Reader's Roadshow
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The Reader's Roadshow

What an incredible year we've had! The numbers for 2015-2016 speak for themselves...

  • During the 2015-2016 school year, Read and Feed had over 425 volunteers. 
  • In the spring of 2016, there were 10 land-based sites and 8 mobile sites throughout Wake County.
  • The total number of spring students was at least 450. 
As the school year comes to a close, Read and Feed would like to thank its dedicated volunteers. Without your help we would not be able to serve the children of Wake County. 

The 2016 Rock and Roast is just around the corner.

Save the date for Thursday, September 15 at 5:30 pm.

Come out to Marbles Kids Museum to indulge in oysters, BBQ, wine and beer while supporting Read and Feed. There will also be a silent auction and plenty of time to mingle with new and old friends. Plus, who doesn't love music and dancing?

Read and feed has a DONOR CHALLENGE! 

Have you always wanted to donate but haven't? Here's a great opportunity for you to help Read and Feed earn money to support our programs. 

We need to raise $25,000 by December 31 from NEW individual and corporate donors. When we raise the full $25,000, a donor will match our funds. Imagine how many children's lives could be impacted with $50,000.

Please spread the word.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Price

Donna Price has been volunteering as a tutor with Read and Feed for 4 years.  She explains why below.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer with Read and Feed because I believe everyone should know how to read.  I have had a real passion for reading all of my life.  I taught my younger brother, nephew and niece to read before they started school.  I was very young at that time, maybe 10-12 years old. 

I believe my passion for reading came from spending time with my mother on the county bookmobile. She was a county librarian.  I would help her place the books on the shelves and clean the bookmobile.  I was excited about selecting my books at the end of the day.

What keeps you coming back?

The kids keep me coming back. I enjoy meeting and getting to know different students each year.  I try my best to develop a personal relationship with each of my students and to show kindness by doing nice things for them.  For example, when holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s day, Easter come around, I usually buy the kids special treats.

Why would you recommend this program to other potential volunteers?

I recommend Read and Feed to others because I want them to see the difference they can make in a child’s level of reading. The improvement is amazing, especially considering the length of time spent with the kids.

How is Read and Feed making Wake County stronger?

Volunteers are making Wake County stronger by assisting the kids that need tutoring. The kids are matching their reading levels to their classmates’ levels or better, therefore all of Wake County students are becoming top level readers.

What is your favorite memory of volunteering with Read and Feed? 

One year I had a student and very quickly we connected on a personal level! At the end of the session, she gave me a handmade card saying that I am the best Read and Feed tutor.  This gesture made me feel so appreciated.  Of course, I saved her card!

     John Siciliano                           Mark Wright
The Faces that keep our Mobile Classrooms Functioning

Our mobile classrooms travel all over Wake County every week and maintaining them is one of our biggest challenges.  We are so fortunate to have two wonderful volunteers who help keep our mobile classrooms on the road.

Mark Wright has been an RVer for many years – owning several different models, even one like our Kountry Star. As a do-it-yourselfer, Mark taught himself how to repair and maintain his RVs.

Mark came to us as a driver for one of our mobile classrooms but quickly determined he would be able to make a bigger contribution assisting with RV maintenance. This situation is ideal for Read and Feed and for Mark because he enjoys working on the RVs, and the RVs really like the attention.

John Siciliano also originally came to us as a potential driver. However, with his mechanical engineering background, John found he preferred to get his hands dirty working on the RVs-- lucky for us.

John volunteers weekly, on a regular schedule, fueling up the RVs and making repairs. Mark volunteers as needed, which is usually four to five days per month.

They make minor repairs such as adjusting loose mirrors or tables or replacing fuses and bulbs, and sometimes tackle more complicated repairs/maintenance like patching roof leaks, oil changes, furnace repairs and building new bookcases for book club books.

Having Mark and John on board to regularly help us maintain the RVs has not only saved us a great deal of money but also kept the RVs out of the shop and in the community!
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