Our Leaders for Readers program connects high school teens with struggling readers in primary grades. The teens are trained to use effective techniques and great literature to inspire their young friends while earning volunteer hours necessary for graduation.

Every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning in The Story Garden, readers are paired with a leader to spend an hour reading and sharing with each other.  The children enjoy having a special book read to them, and they also get to show how much they have been learning by reading to their leader.  Finally, teams work on memorizing a poem and reading a bit of their team novel.

Here is a look into the past few weeks at Leaders for Readers!

Anita and Huzaifa make sure that they have their warmest blanket with them before they dive into “The Big Storm”!


Hafsa and Saleeha enjoy relaxing with some pillows! Saleeha liked hearing about “God’s Dream” and both girls read some nursery rhymes together.


Sarah and Hadi found a familiar friend at The Story Garden! Here they are reading “Finding Nemo”.


Priyanka, Sara and Eschal worked hard practicing their poetry! We’re looking forward to hearing them perform “Seahorses”. Eschal also enjoyed hearing a story about The Little Mermaid called “Ariel’s Secret”.