As many of you already know, our reading clubs aren’t just rewarding for the students, but for our volunteers as well. This month volunteer Ken Goldstein had such a wonderful time working with the students at Magnolia Elementary that he wrote a moving entry for his blog Corporate Intelligence Radio. You can read the entirety of his post here, but I wanted to share the following excerpt with you:
These kids were amazing. They have all the potential in the world. They are ready to dream and learn and help each other and work hard. As we drove home and I looked around at parts of Los Angeles where many of us don’t spend enough time, I wondered, where will these kids be in five years when they hit middle school? In ten years when they are in high school? Will they go to college? Will they have the kinds of opportunities that will let their dreams come true? I couldn’t know, but that’s what I wanted to happen.
Ken’s piece serves as a great reminder that our volunteers’ service goes beyond a single Saturday morning. When you read with a child you're making an important investment in his or her future success--that's why we believe that inspiring a love of reading now is so very important. I thank Ken for sharing his thought-provoking piece with us!