AB&I volunteers help out at summer reading program
July 16, 2018
The 81st Avenue Library in Oakland, California is adjacent to the Acorn Woodland and EnCompass Academy elementary schools which are located approximately 1,100 feet from AB&I Foundry. This year, we continued what has become a tradition by helping to register children, teens and adults for the summer reading program. It has been a very successful partnership given that many of the children are familiar with AB&I after school sponsored tours of the AB&I foundry or working with AB&I volunteers at their school.
The program is based on an honor system. Each reader is required to read at least 15 minutes a day and track it on a form provided at registration. Once they have reached 20 days, they return to the library to log the days into the system and receive prizes. The readers get a coupon book for Fenton’s ice cream, Fairy land, etc., a book in English or Spanish, and they get to pick a lollipop. Who doesn’t like a lollipop? If the lollipop is colored at the bottom, they receive an additional prize: A’s tickets, swimming lessons or a ferry boat trip for 2 adults/2 children. How neat is this! Yes, all of this is happening at the library right down the street from AB&I.
One mother said that she was overwhelmed with how much they do for the children. It is sweet to watch the faces of the children when they get their prizes for reading. More importantly, it is extremely rewarding to see what they are accomplishing during their summer vacation. The Library personnel is so thankful to have bilingual volunteers to man the reading program desk. You never know what skills you have that may be perfect for the right opportunity.
At AB&I we welcome the opportunity to help the children and adults in the community reach their full potential.