On Monday, October 1, your child will be bringing home information about Scholastic's fall reading community service project. Each year Scholastic teams up with different community service organizations to promote reading and help kids give back to the community through their Classrooms Care program.
This year Scholastic has teamed up with Paws for Healing Canine Therapy, Reach Out and Read, and Save the Children to donate books to children in need. Using the dogs vs. cats approach, your child can select a team, join the Paws for Reading website and log their minutes read. Participating in the program is NOT a requirement for your child, but since the kids are already reading each night anyway, I thought this might be additional motivation to get the kids reading. On top of knowing that they will help donate books to children who don't have any, the kids also have the opportunity to qualify for prize drawings and to get fun downloadables, too.
All of this is free and safe, all you need to do is visit the Paws for Reading website, register with your child, and get started reading and logging your minutes.
I'm excited to share this opportunity with you and the kids, and I hope everybody will take the chance to participate in this community service program if you have Internet access at home.