June 09, 2011

Project READ: Chapter 1

By Ashley Redgrave, Project READ Committee/Website Chair

Project READ Committee at Milagros in Redwood City
Back row from left to right: Holly Tambling, Vanessa Roach, Kate Yagen, Kathryn Taft, Melissa Hollatz, Moolani Napolitani, Lauren Wald, Ashley Redgrave, Kirsten Crum.

Front row from left to right: Darice Koo, Rosa Singh, Marisa Dittmer, Aida Smailagic.

The Project READ Committee had its first meeting of the year on June 7th at the Redwood City Library. Our wonderful co-chairs, Holly Tambling and Kirsten Crum set up a night of introductions, learning more about Project READ, and a social.  The committee's job this year will be to tutor some of the nearly 40 students that come to the library each night for tutoring in the Family Literacy Center.

First, we learned a little bit about each member of the committee with a discussion of our favorite childhood books.  Many of the titles like Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, and Amelia Bedelia brought back great memories.  After a discussion around expectations and coordination, the team met with Kathy Endaya, the Director of Project READ.  Kathy introduced the JL team to her Project READ staff and gave a tour of the Family Literacy Center.

After learning about the work we'll be doing this upcoming year, we walked across the street for a delicious dinner at Milagros, where we got to know one another better.  My side of the table had a blast talking about everything from case job interviews to natural disaster preparedness and everything in between.  I'm coming home from the meeting looking forward to tutor training and with a plan to purchase an earthquake kit.

Thanks to Holly and Kirsten for creating such a fun way to kick off the year!

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