Through the NC Bar Foundation's Lawyers 4 Literacy (L4L) program, judges, attorneys, paralegals and law students have the opportunity to share their time, love of reading and knowledge of civics and U.S. history with young students who are working on improving their reading skills. L4L volunteers spend 30 minutes a week for a minimum of 4 weeks, reading with 2-4 elementary or middle school students.
L4L volunteers have not only helped students to improve their reading reading skills, but also have sparked their interest in books, civics and history. Children served by L4L volunteers read non-fiction books about real events and they become curious about history, government, and ways to become actively engaged in their own communities.
Here’s how L4L works:
- On the first day, the L4L volunteer gives the student a passport booklet to record the books that the student will read during the month, either with the volunteer or alone.
- NC Bar Foundation provides primary books on topics connected to civics, history or biography.
- Volunteers meet over a month's time with small groups of students to practice reading.
- During each 30-minute visit, the children read and the volunteer leads a discussion of the book.
- At the end of the month, students receive a certificate and a book of their choosing, as an incentive for their hard work and to help start to their own home library.
The NC Bar Foundation's Law-Related Education Department supplies the students' books, passports and certificates in a kit to local L4L volunteer coordinators who share the materials with the L4L volunteer readers.
For more information on how to get your school involved or to become a volunteer, please email LRE@ncbar.org.