JCL Honors Reading Partner Volunteers

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) will hold its Volunteer Reading Partner Appreciation Event, Wednesday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden. Deborah Freedman, children’s book author, artist and illustrator will be introduced by JCL’s team leader and reading partner, Hedda Kopf. Freedman majored in art history at Yale University and architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is the author of several children’s books. Her latest book was released in February: “This House, Once.” Freedman’s dynamic program will showcase her books and how to make the most of them when reading with students.

With about 175 JCL reading partners, volunteering in seven New Haven Public Schools, JCL’s diverse group spans different faiths, educational backgrounds and experiences. Each volunteer commits one hour a week to read one on-one with assigned students, sharing the pleasures of reading, learning and conversation, and giving the child the opportunity to express themselves to an interested adult. Volunteers and students enjoy reading and conversation with each other to form nurturing relationships. JCL is an award winning project of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Educators from JCL’s seven partner New Haven Public Schools and other local children’s literacy advocates are invited to attend the event to honor JCL reading partners for donating their time and for sharing their love of reading and learning with students. Refreshments donated by Abel Caterers. Please RSVP to Norma Jean Mitchell, lfranz465@hotmail.com.

Committee: Beth Kaufman, Hedda Kopf, Sally Mabry, Norma Jean Mitchell

For more info about JCL or to get involved, contact Brenda Brenner, bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org, (203) 387-2424 x308.