WE READ works with the students of Mark Twain Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. Its aim is to encourage a love of reading and writing in Detroit's youth, and it is an umbrella organization composed of BEAR and MyBook. BEAR (Be Excited About Reading) involves reading short books with 4th and 5th graders and engaging them via fun, book-related discussions and activities. MyBook's focus is on teaching 7th graders how to write and illustrate their own stories, which WE READ publishes at the end of the school year. At the end of the year we also donate books to the students of both programs.BEAR volunteers are provided with instructional worksheets that correspond to each book so that working with the kids is extremely straightforward. The BEAR curriculum is nevertheless subject to review and volunteer input. As an organization, WE READ prides itself on its cooperative culture. MyBook volunteers are encouraged to help develop weekly lesson plans with the group on Tuesday evenings.Other aspects of our organization include fundraising, our online presence, coordinating publishing, and coordinating transportation, and members are more than welcome to take on greater roles in any of these areas. We're made up of a close-knit group of awesome people and are always looking to expand!
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