House Calls for Reading

Immigrants face numerous challenges when they come to a new country. Thanks to a $2,910 grant to East End School (North Plainfield, Somerset County) teacher Mollie Mallett, from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and Verizon, 250 bilingual students and their parents will find the challenge of learning to read far easier to conquer.

This project is designed to strengthen the reading skills of children from limited-English families, help the children and their families develop a connection to the community library system, and create a respect for literacy in the home.

This eight-week summer program evolves around weekly house calls by the teacher. Each 30-minute visit will include a reading session with the child, a conference with the parent and guidance for older siblings so they can assist the younger children between teacher house calls. In addition, the teacher will bring books suited to the child?s age and interest.

In concert with the public library director, flexible borrowing schedules will be established for the books distributed to families. Over time, families will be encouraged to make library visits an important part of their family reading program.

To build a strong respect for literacy in the home, each family will receive two-tiered wooden bookshelves upon which to build a personal library.

Verizon supports family literacy programs in which public school educators partner with libraries or other community organizations and is an NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education partner.

For further information, contact:

Mollie Mallett
(908) 756-4533