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REAL MEN READ is a volunteer reading program that brings in MENtors from the Wyoming Valley community to read to kindergarten students for one hour each month to help foster early literacy.

 

The purpose of the REAL MEN READ program is to

  • encourage and improve literacy skills of our students
  • show students that real men value education
  • provide MENtoring opportunities for students
  • demonstrate the importance of community partnerships

 

The benefits to the REAL MEN READ program are

  • students receive extra attention and positive role models who value education
  • boys and girls see MENtors modeling the importance of reading
  • each student receives his/her own book to build their own home library so learning can go beyond the classroom

Why Start With Kindergarten?

A child is learning to read up to third grade. After this, a child reads to learn. Children who finish third grade without adequate reading skills often struggle to learn.

 

Kindergarten is a great access point for early intervention among struggling emergent readers. For children who do not come from literacy-rich homes or attend preschool programs, it may be their first substantial exposure to the building blocks of reading.

 

United Way of Wyoming Valley is proud to provide opportunities for young students to spend time in positive, nurturing learning environments. We look forward to REAL MEN READ being a valuable addition to our new strategy to increase early grade reading proficiency.

 

What Are the Requirements for Becoming a MENtor?

No experience is necessary. Volunteers interested in becoming a MENtor must complete a series of background clearances required by the school district and attend a brief training before being assigned to a classroom. The background clearances include the Act 34 State Police Criminal Clearance, Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance and fingerprinting. Any fees associated with clearances are covered by the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

 

If you are interested in becoming a MENtor please contact Rae Baldino at rbaldino@unitedwaywb.org or (570) 270-9113 to join the REAL MEN READ program.


Testimonials


 

 

 

See our latest news!
  • VIDEO CLIP: Watch Ron Simon of Children's Service Center read a portion of the book "The Tree Doctor" during our November REAL MEN READ session to the kindergarten class at Heights Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre.
  • VIDEO CLIP: Watch Phil Wells of Wegmans read a portion of the book "The Tree Doctor" during our November REAL MEN READ session to the kindergarten class at Heights Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre.
     
  • NEWS ARTICLE: Read Real Men Read featured on WBRE/WYOU-TV on November 19, 2016.

    The Wyoming Valley West School District and a local nonprofit have launched a new program to promote literact. The United Way of Wyoming Valley stated the "Real Men Read" initiative in the Wilkes-Barre School District last year. Today it was introduced to the students at Schuyler Avenue elementary.
    Click here to read the full story.
     
  • NEWS ARTICLE: Read Real Men Read Out Loud by Mark Guydish from the Times Leader on November 6, 2015.

    The mashed potatoes may have been cloud puffs from Mt. Fuji and the carrots twiglets from Jupiter, but the most unusual thing in the Dodson Elementary kindergarten class Thursday morning was probably the guy reading the book.
    Click here to read the full story.

 

  • VIDEO CLIP: Watch Phil Wells of Wegmans read a portion of the book "Corduroy" during our October REAL MEN READ session to the Pre-K Counts class at Dodson Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre.
  • VIDEO CLIP: Watch Don Brominski of UGI read a portion of the book "I'll Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato" during our November REAL MEN READ session to Mrs. Kelly's kindergarten class at Dodson Elementary in Wilkes-Barre.

 


The REAL MEN READ program is growing. If you are interested in becoming a MENtor please contact Rae Baldino at rbaldino@unitedwaywb.org or (570) 270-9113 for more information.