In fall 2007, NCI launched “Reading for Life,” a reading program in all kindergarten classes in the Martinsville and Henry County area. Staff at NCI along with community volunteers read to each kindergarten class and then present each student with their own book as a part of this program. The goal of “Reading for Life” is to promote a solid foundation of reading and a love of learning in the hope that all students will become avid readers, a known indicator for educational success.This outreach initiative has served over 5000 students in our local public and private schools in the last 5 years, and according to local educators, it has made a lasting impact.
“Thank you, New College, for the positive and exciting connections you are making with our kindergarteners. They soak everything up when you visit and spend time reading aloud. I know you are having a positive impact on students' families. The children are always so excited to take the books you give them home to share with parents and friends.”
- Dr. Sherri Lewis, principal, Mt. Olivet Elementary School
“Reading for Life starts early to ignite children’s enthusiasm for reading and learning. The children I have read to over the last few years have been so excited to have someone come in and read to them and even more excited to find out they received a book of their very own as a gift. It is one of the best community activities I have ever been privileged to participate in and I am so thankful that NCI has this outreach program to some of our community's youngest learners. Touching the lives of nearly 5000 students over 5-year period truly matches with the spirit of NCI.”
- Kim Fatten, VCU and NCI Professor of Accounting
To learn more about “Reading for Life” and how you can be a part of it, please contact Steve Keyser, Coordinator of Community Engagement at (276) 403-5612.