Kick off National Volunteer Week 2014!

WHAT     Make Colorful Book Folders that Improve Reading:
         Assemble and decorate educational info on colorful folders

WHEN     Sunday, April 6
         2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

WHERE    Hosteling International Boston
         Theater District/Chinatown

WHY      Large class sizes and parents not necessarily
         knowing how to spark the desire to learn
         in their kindergartners are significant barriers
         to the goal of learning to read by the third grade*.
         Join PMD in supporting GiftsToGive's 
         early literacy initiative to provide needed books
         and helpful tools parents can use to boost
         comprehension and the desire to learn to read. 

        *Note: Children who do not learn to read by 
         third grade generally have trouble reading to 
         learn thereafter, so New Bedford parents
         will use these folders (and the books they contain)
         to provide small-group reading in school and then 
         1:1 when books are loaned out for home use.

         Volunteers use their scrap booking and creative
         talents, laying out, coloring and/or illustrating
         a manila folder using text provided about a book's title,
         author, summary, and introduction, challenging words,
         conversation starters, etc.

         While no special art skills are required, this
         project does require fine motor skills and attention
         to detail since specific elements must be placed on the
         front, inside, and tab. We seek volunteers age 13+.
         Youth ages 13-15 must be accompanied by a
         registered adult who participates fully.

         Materials (folders, text, and lamination), tools
         (markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue, etc.),
         and laminating are expensive, so PMD requests 
         that volunteers donate $10* or more
         to help us offset the cost of at making their book folders.

        *PMD offers waivers so that if this is a financial
         hardship, you can still participate.

HOW      Sign up online BY 5pm on 4/3 at

         No partial participation can be accommodated
         for this or any other PMD projects.

         After you sign-up successfully, you will immediately
         see a confirmation screen with instructions to add
         email addresses to your address book/white list. 
         Then a few days before this project, PMD will email
         specific PDF project details including directions to
         the project site by public transit and by car**,
         checklist on how to prepare, what to expect,
         background information, and a required waiver/release.
       **Parking affordably and legally in this neighborhood may be difficult.

WHO      People Making a Difference (PMD) is a nonprofit
         organization that promotes informed and
         responsible volunteerism by involving people
         in tangible, hands-on work that meets 
         local needs and by assisting companies
         and charities in building successful community
         involvement programs that:
       * Produce appreciable results while
         conserving recipients' limited resources,
       * Educate volunteers about broader issues,
       * Bring people together to make a difference.

"If children haven't mastered reading by third grade, 
they find it hard to handle increasingly complex
lessons in science, social studies and math. Children 
with this disadvantage are more than twice as likely to
not graduate from high school."

***Summary of Upcoming PMD Events***

People Making a Difference (PMD)
PO Box 120189, Boston, MA 02112
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