To Contact CLIMB Founder-Serina Lee, email serinapack@gmail.com

There are many ways in which older youth can encourage younger children to read. 

Some examples include:
---Making special time with children to read together and do fun activities that include reading and also something else, like art....or games that incorporate fun ways to learn vocabulary --then they don't think they are simply in school...Make It Fun and Creative!

---I love to combine my passion of art and reading and have the children read with me and other teen mentors then paint a favorite scene from the book! 


 

---I love to do fun vocabulary reading games that have the children on their feet, acting out the words and getting involved. This teaches site words in a whole new way!  I especially like it when I can incorporate Patriotism into my workshops and share with students values of Americanism, sharing my desire to have more people being understanding of the sacrifices that veterans and active service men and women have made for us to have the wonderful country to live in which we do and the rights and freedoms that we have.

---Volunteer time to read to younger children through the public library in your community. Most libraries have toddler and younger children reading times. Approach administrators and inquire if they could use tutors or narrators to read to younger children. You might even be able to talk the librarian into letting you freshen up and decorate the youth reading section of your library, making it more fun for kids. We did!

---Volunteer reading to elementary classes within your school district  (If you happen to attend a school campus that has a wide age group of youth, this is usually possible if you discuss with teachers and school officials.  If your school grades/campuses are separate, special time may need to be asked to be taken away, so to attend the classrooms at elementary schools.)

 
---Organize a "Teen Reading and Writing Club" for different ages of youth. The older club can invite the younger club to one of their meetings.

---Older teens/Girl Scouts can check with their area Girl Scout Membership and Marketing representative and determine when younger scout groups are meeting and then plan activities with them and read to them.
 



---Check into “After School Programs” that might be going on at the school or at other locations such as recreation center, Big Sister/Big Brother programs, YMCA, etc. Any place where younger children are doing things during a time frame that teens could volunteer their time to read.  Being a role model can be incredibly inspirational to younger children.    Below is a photo from the Silver City Recreation Center.

   

   --One really fun opportunity I have been able to do is offer an art show opportunity to children who read and created art from their reading. This was an Art Show created from children's art coming out of workshop. Thanks to Mimbres Region Arts Council and their permission to have a display during Silver City's Weekend at the Galleries. 

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I challenge you to make a difference in the lives of children.
Serve as a volunteer--become a Teen Mentor to other children!

In the summer of 2012, I was selected as one of eight Girl Scouts to meet President Obama to discuss with the President my literacy initiative. New Mexico, according to some research, is ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to its low reading levels.  I sought to make a difference as more than 350 elementary students in New Mexico have now been through my program.
In the coming year, I hope to double and triple that number and take my work statewide, inspiring other youth leaders to become passionate about this cause. 

I
am asked often what is "Read for Joy"  and why did I create such a program. I share that "Read for Joy" is a youth mentoring program that motivates younger children to read through the power of art. I have designed complete classroom sets that could be implemented anywhere, with or without me, but I encourage that the workshops still be presented by youth mentors, because children really respond to older youth talking to them about the importance of reading, then doing art together to illustrate favorite scenes from books they read together.

"Read for Joy" is part of a concept I developed called, "CLIMB" which is "creative literacy in motivating book reading." "For the Love of Art and the Read for Joy" workshop series is the flagship program of "Read for Joy."
 
I know how hard it is to overcome reading challenges, such as dyslexia. My highly motivated, interactive workshops, hopefully inspire and encourage children to read, conveying the importance of reading, and also touch on topics like the importance of education and also patriotism. That is because I select books for the workshops that hopefully prosper good family values, understanding of the importance of education, but also how great it is to be an American with our freedoms and rights made possible by our service men and women in the military and who are veterans.

    
 
Read more about CLIMB on this page!
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Focusing on Children's Reading Needs

      and Motivating Children to Read for Success

"Reaching for your Goals by Climbing the Steps for Success-Reading is Important to Success!"

C.L.I.M.B. is an acronym for Creative Literacy in Motivating Book reading and is  

designed to focus on specifically encouraging children age 12 and under to read. 
 

C.L.I.M.B. involves any creative idea that motivates and encourages younger children to read.  I believe if you can “hook” a child on reading at a young age, they will read for a lifetime. Reading should never be thought of as dull or unexciting.  C.L.I.M.B. is interested in fostering the gift of a lifetime of reading, illustrating how exciting reading can be.

 

This program involves several different programs. Some of the program's components are explained here. If you are involved with motivating younger children to read, contact me, I would like to hear what is working for you and I will share new components I have developed. One day I would like to see my program go national, available to schools and youth mentors, who want to communicate through art with children the importance of reading.

  My specially designed two-hour workshop includes ice breaker, fun reading game activities, discussions on the importance of reading and overcoming reading challenges, involves reading a book together, creating a watercolor painting depicting a favorite scene from the book, then having the art matted and displayed in an art show in the community or in the school, and concluding with the children's art being made into an annual literacy calendar that the child can take home to their family that has many family reading activities and discusses the importance of reading.

My workshops work best when other youth mentors join me.  A complete manual has been developed that can be followed by teachers and youth mentors to implement this into any classroom.  The art templates are included, books, computer program to develop calendars and mats/art supplies for the workshop, including all the ice-breaker activities fully explained.


I truly believe that merging art with reading is a wonderful approach!  "For the Love of Art and Read for Joy Program" is my favorite program of CLIMB.



 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken after several workshops hosted by Serina, "For the Love of Art and the Read for Joy" Program. Art created from book, Mahalia Mouse Goes to College and My Dad, John Mc Cain.  Kids hold up their free books (made possible from Literacy Link Leamos) and art that was art created. Then each group's art was made into memorable 2011 calendars featuring the art and fun literacy games!  Special thanks to Silver Consolidated Schools and many youth mentors who have joined me in offering workshops to over 350 children over the past three years.

More about other aspects of the work:
One part of our overview program (APPLE-co-founded by my best friend, Marissa Rowse and myself, Serina Pack) is the idea of "Adopt-a-Box." This is a large part of getting children passionate about reading because they will have access to free books that do not require check out policies or late fees.   Children can be encouraged through presentations to classrooms and letters home to parents to bring books to for a free exchange book box set up in local places and in schools. The concept is called, "Take-a-Book, Leave-a-Book" and I ask that you make this opportunity available in your community.  With free exchange book locations, children can take a free book from the box and read it. This way, books that are no longer being read, that are sitting in a closet or shelf, can be given new life and share their “endless adventures” with other children through a free exchange. 

 

A classroom or librarian can "Adopt-a-Box" and manage it, seeing to it that books be exchanged. One school in our community did this free book exchange as a one night family affair and children brought in their old books, that they did not want any more and placed them on tables in the commons's area.  Everyone did this and were then given ticket stubs for each book they brought. That entitled them to going and selecting from other books the number of books for which they had ticket stubs. Thousands of books can be exchanged in a single night and children will be excited about reading the new books they receive. 

Reward systems can be placed on the process, such as certificates, prizes, or other fun games earned to be played the next time a teen mentor can check in on the class or group that is utilizing the exchange box.   
 

ADOPT - A - BOX
Help to provide free books to children!

One part of our overview program (APPLE) is the idea of "Adopt-a-Box." This is a large part of getting children passionate about reading because they will have access to free books that do not require check out policies or late fees.   Children can be encouraged through presentations to classrooms and letters home to parents to bring books to for a free exchange book box set up in local places and in schools. The concept is called, "Take-a-Book, Leave-a-Book" and I ask that you make this opportunity available in your community.  With free exchange book locations, children can take a free book from the box and read it. This way, books that are no longer being read, that are sitting in a closet or shelf, can be given new life and share their “endless adventures” with other children through a free exchange. 

 

A classroom or librarian can "Adopt-a-Box" and manage it, seeing to it that books be exchanged. One school in our community did this free book exchange as a one night family affair and children brought in their old books, that they did not want any more and placed them on tables in the common's area.  Everyone did this and were then given ticket stubs for each book they brought. That entitled them to going and selecting from other books the number of books for which they had ticket stubs. Thousands of books can be exchanged in a single night and children will be excited about reading the new books they receive. 


Reward systems can be placed on the process, such as certificates, prizes, or other fun games earned to be played the next time a teen mentor can check in on the class or group that is utilizing the exchange box.   

For example, “Special Treat” incentive -- approach managers of local restaurants and encourage them to donate gift certificates or coupons for treats. An example would be to approach a quick-service restaurant    manager/owner and inquire about ice cream cone coupons.
---The manager/owner may be more than willing to donate them to promoting literacy if you show them your plan for rewarding younger children to read.
---It may also directly benefit the business because parents will most likely buy additional items when their child redeems the coupon.
  
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Be clear of your plan and how you plan to implement, most likely with the aid of a librarian, school counselor or teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Read for Joy!
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    I challenge you to "Be the Change You Want to See in the World."
You can make a difference in the lives of others.
Serve as a volunteer--become a Youth Mentor, take up social issues and seek solutions!

                               
 Serina Lee Pack

     Founder of "Read for Joy"

Motivating Children to be Passionate
about Reading through Art.

 C.L.I.M.B.


Nationally Recognized Program:
"For the Love of Art and Read for Joy Program"    
  

 

 


































 

 

 

 

  

 


                     










 

 

 

 










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 























































































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