Bergen Reads mission is to inspire low level readers in grades K-4 with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success.
The Bergen Reads literacy program is part of a nationwide effort to help public elementary school students enjoy reading and improve their reading skills in a comfortable and friendly environment. This year we have over 150 volunteers working with more than 350 students each week in the Hackensack and Teaneck public schools.
Bergen Read's trained adult volunteer “Reading Buddies” act as mentors, advocates and role models, going into schools for weekly one-on-one reading sessions with their preK-4 students, November through June. Reading Buddies work in the public elementary schools in Hackensack and Teaneck.
If you’d like to become a Reading Buddy and have one hour a week to spare during the school day, contact us, 201-820-3947 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to place you in one of our participating schools. No prior experience is necessary – we will provide you with training.
Our NOOKs™ in Schools program enables our Reading Buddies and teachers at several participating schools to enhance reading sessions with students using NOOK eReaders. Language and phonics apps along with ebooks and nonfiction magazines are available for exploration.
Q: Which schools participate in this program?
A: Bergen Reads serves nine public elementary schools, five in Teaneck and four in Hackensack.
Q: Where/when do I meet with my assigned students?
A: Volunteers meet with students at their schools at an assigned time during the school day. (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Each volunteer commits to a minimum of one hour per week. Volunteers, who choose to do so, may commit to more if we have a need to place more students.
Support the efforts of Bergen Reads in Hackensack and Teaneck public elementary schools with a donation. Email Bethf@jfnnj.org to make your donation.