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Volunteers spend evenings reading with children in shelters through ‘Bedtime Stories’ program

Reading can unlock a world of possibilities for children like Ananda. “Do you like to come here?” I asked her. “Yes,” she nodded. The kindergartner gets the chance to open a book every week with a volunteer from New York Cares“I really like working with kids so this is a unique opportunity, obviously a lot of enthusiasm, and desire to learn,” Tom Lavander, volunteer, said. 

It’s part of the program, ‘Bedtime Stories’ at a Women in Need shelter in East Harlem. “The point of doing this is to help bring literacy out of the school and into the home, where they feel comfortable and to help reading be something fun and engaging” Ronya Gordon, a volunteer, explained. While the volunteers don’t necessarily come from similar backgrounds, they believe the books connect them.

“It’s really a level playing field, there’s a lot of books in the shelves in this shelter that were on my…

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