Follow the Reader is an original program of the Jewish Federation Volunteer Center. Launched in the Fall of 2012, Follow the Reader began as a partnership between the Volunteer Center, the Early Childhood Development Classes at the Squirrel Hill JCC and PJ Library.
The tremendous success of this program in just one year has allowed the Volunteer Center to expand this program to the South Hills JCC and Community Day School Pre-K. We are currently working on bringing this program to even more schools.
How it works: Once a month, volunteers go to their assigned school and spend an hour reading stories, singing songs and leading the children in different fun activities. This hour is a highlight for students and allows the teachers a few extra minutes to prep for the rest of the day or take a little breather. PJ Library provides the books and songs to the volunteers in advance and each month there is a new theme/book/song.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in getting involved please email Amy Cohen to learn more!