Started in 2004 at the request of the Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent of Schools, Roberta and Clay Klein started a fund at the Desert Community Foundation and asked the pastor of their church for his assistance in recruiting volunteers. Father Howard Lincoln of Sacred Heart Church readily agreed. The District had been using English speaking volunteers to the extent, they could get them to go into the schools in the district that had no English speaking people in the community. Roberta asked the Superintendent if he would provide buses if they could recruit volunteers who were fluent in English through churches and other organizations.
Read With Me was born and now brings volunteers from seven churches to five different schools. The schools are all in areas of high poverty with a majority of the parents untrained in academic English. They love their children but cannot help them with English.
In 2013, Read With Me received a Golden Bell Award for English Acquisition from the California School Board Association. We believe the program is totally replicable in other areas that face similar challenges in providing tutoring and mentoring for disadvantaged children in a classroom setting.
What we do
In the classroom, the teacher assigns individual volunteers to selected students to listen to them read, assisting them with pronunciation and comprehension. The mentor/tutors are typically retired part-time Coachella Valley residents, some with special skills who help specific students go beyond the basic.
Read With Me
A Golden Bell award for English Acquisition by the California School Board Association.
Click here to make a tax deductible contribution
Make Checks Payable to:
Read With Me Volunteers
P.O. Box 1016, Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270
ALERT-Because the Coachella Valley Schools will be closed until the next academic year due to the Corona Virus, we are accepting no new volunteer applications. We are in touch with all our schools and will keep updating this site when new information is available. We are happy to answer any questions through our website or call 760-567-1830. Roberta Klein, President
We will update this message as information unfolds.