Ride & Read: A 15-year Legacy
“The program was started by three District 34 teachers, Mary Stump, Dionne Korita, and Mary Indacochea, as a way to offer reading and library access to English Language Learner (ELL) students over the summer,” says Rachel Cooley, the Library’s former School Services Librarian and Ride & Read Coordinator.
During six weeks throughout the summer, students from the ELL programs at all District 34 K-8 schools are bused to the Library courtesy of the Park District to practice reading with the help of passionate volunteers.
The Ride & Read program makes literacy and services at the Library more accessible to the community. With the number of participants growing each year, the program continues to make a valuable impact. “The reading intervention with the volunteers is a huge help in keeping students from avoiding the summer slide,” Cooley says.
This past summer, the program served 70 students from eight different schools with the help of over 50 volunteers, including graduates of the program, Library patrons, Glenbrook South students, and Rainbow Therapy Dogs.
“A lot of the volunteers have been there since the beginning of the program; it holds a special place in all our hearts.”
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