Real Men Readers Needed!

A Program with a Purpose:

  • Positive Male Role Model: Nearly One-fourth (23.7%) of America’s children live in mother-only families.
    • Real Men Read volunteers provide a positive male role model to 2nd and 3rd grade students by making 5 visits to the classroom throughout the school year to read a book and engage the students’ interest in reading.
  • Books for Children: Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home.
    • Each child in the Real Men Read program receives their own books to keep.
  • Since the program began in 2009, over 160,000 books have been given to children in Allen County.
  • The presence of books in the home has a greater influence on a child’s level of education than does the parent’s income, nationality, or the parent’s level of education.
  • Through the 3rd grade, students are learning to read; after 3rd grade they are reading to learn; it is important to engage these students and enforce with them the importance of reading.
  • In 2013 22.1% of 3rd grade students in FWCS and EACS did not pass the English/Language Arts portion of the ISTEP and 14.1% did not pass the IREAD exam.
  • 89% of teachers agree that the RMR program is a valuable resource to help students build literacy skills.

Application Process:

  • Program Application
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Background Check

Training Schedule:

October 8th at 5:30pm OR October 10th at 12:30pm at Big Brothers Big Sisters 2018-19 Reading Dates*

Visits are scheduled for 9 am:

  • October 19th
  • November 15th
  • January 17th
  • February 21st
  • March 21st

*Visits can be rescheduled with classroom teacher as needed

For more information contact: PROGRAM COORDINATOR Erika Heidinger: 260-456-1600 or Erika.Heidinger@bbbsnei.org

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