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Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read

Volunteer

Want to be an initiator of change for the future of Pottawattamie County? 

There are opportunities all around the county to help our kids achieve 3rd-grade reading proficiency. We have a variety of opportunities to fit your interests and schedule. Volunteers can find a complete list of current volunteer opportunities on our FAMILY, Inc. SHARE Omaha page.

Please contact the director, Samantha Emerine, at (712) 318-1839 or email semerine@familyia.org if you have any additional questions.

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Host A Book Drive

Would you like to host a book drive for Raise Me to Read to help promote and improve child literacy across Pottawattamie County?

A book drive is a fun and rewarding way to help your community.

Raise Me to Read is an early literacy initiative so we’re always looking for books for children ages 0-8 (or up until 3rd grade). This includes board books, picture books, early readers, and first chapter books in both English and Spanish. These books are distributed throughout the community, all year long.

Follow these steps to host your book drive!

Step 1: Determine the time, date, location, duration, and reach of the drive.

Step 2: Determine how many volunteers you will need and the different tools you will use for recruitment.

Step 3: Remember our primary focus is for children ages 0-8 years of age. Therefore, board and picture books for infants and toddlers are always needed, “beginning to read” books appropriate for kindergarten – 3rd-grade reading levels, and early learner chapter books.

Step 4: Plan out how you will promote your book drive. You could use flyers, posters, emails, social media, etc. Emphasize the need that books should be new or gently used. Books that are visibly damaged will have to be discarded.

Step 5: Fill out this form to get started!

Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read Book Drive

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Would you share your photos from your book drive with us?

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Events

StoryWalk Hunt at Sunset Park

The Council Bluffs Noon Rotary Club is partnering with Raise Me To Read in hosting a story walk hunt at Sunset Park! The hunt is free to participate, designed for kids under the age of 9, and takes place from Saturday, November 14 to Monday, November 30. The scavenger hunt engages participants to read the story walk in its entirety. Each page may contain answers to the questions asked. Participants answer the questions to enter the prize drawing. Check out our Facebook event for more info!

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Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read

Raise Me to Read is lead by FAMILY, Inc., Iowa West Foundation, and United Way of the Midlands.
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Sesame Street Iowa Town Hall is this Wednesday! If you're an early childhood educator don't forget to register for this wonderful webinar where we will be talking about those important social-emotional skills. https://www.iowaallianceforhealthykids.org/town-hall.html
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Babies need words every day and play is one of the easiest ways to incorporate words into your routine.
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Wondering how to talk to your kids about the hard stuff? Check out this podcast from Kid Lit These Days featuring Jelani Memory, author of A Kids Book About Racism and co-founder and CEO of A Kids Book About. https://bookriot.com/listen/how-to-talk-about-the-hard-stuff/
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Our partnership with Rotary Club of Council Bluffs: Noon Club is still happening. Make sure you take some time to get out to our permanent StoryWalk, you could even win a prize!
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Southwest Iowa Raise Me to Read
Sesame Street is coming to Iowa! If you're an early childhood educator please join us, and other early childhood educators from across Iowa, for the January 27th Sesame Street in Communities Initiative Town Hall event. RSVP at www.iowaallianceforhealthykids.org/town-hall