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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Read to Soar

Read to Soar

Research shows that children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn. 

The Orchard Foundation developed and coordinates its early literacy program, Read to Soar, to help prepare young children for school success by cultivating a love for reading long before they set foot in a classroom. The goal of the Read to Soar program is to help develop and strengthen a culture of reading at home through parent engagement so that children will have the tools for school success once they enter kindergarten.

Read to Soar Program

Read to Soar is a free, eight-session reading workshop for children ages birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The workshops help develop and strengthen a culture of reading at home by educating parents, building a child's home library and increasing awareness about community resources to help ensure the child has the tools for school success. 

By the end of the program, children get a certificate of participation and 40 new books to adorn their home library, while the parents come away with tips and resources that help them teach their young ones.

Each workshop focuses on a different topic area and is designed to be fun, giving parents and caregivers a chance to bond with their kids in a learning environment. Workshops include music, dancing, crafts and refreshments.

The eight Read to Soar sessions follow early childhood education best practices and are specifically tailored for Central Louisiana.

Workshops are limited to 15 families at a time and registration is required in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents can bring multiple children, although only one set of books goes home with each family. Families get books after each session. By the end of the eight sessions, participants will receive a grand total of 40 books and a book bag.

To register, download the flyer for the appropriate workshop and then call, text or email the instructor listed for the workshop. You may also contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-3029 for more information. Read to Soar was developed and is administered by The Orchard Foundation. It is part of The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative.

Want to learn more?

Contact The Orchard Foundation
1-800-804-8454
or 318-767-6560

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