The Mayor’s Reading Program has been a tradition since 1998 when then Mayor Bob Mitchell introduced it to our elementary schools. Nineteen years later, we now involve all nine Casa Grande Elementary Schools in addition to Legacy Charter School and Grande Innovation. Roughly 45 volunteers read to children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. But as the city has grown, so has the need – we need more readers!
Councilwoman Donna McBride has been a volunteer for this program for nearly 5 years. “I find this hour of reading as important to me as to the young listeners. It gives me a challenge to find that perfect book from our library and watch the book come alive through their eyes. It gives me a time to support literacy, visit different schools and engage with the kids.”
As Mayor of Casa Grande, I am challenging local businesses to get involved and push this program to a new level. Many businesses allow employees time off to volunteer for a worthy case. This is an excellent example of how to do that.
For those who have flexible schedules, this can also be a positive volunteer opportunity. What a great way to have a few friends join with you and make it a monthly occasion. Reading to our kids will help promote literacy, volunteerism and positive interaction with our schools.
The commitment is one time per month between September and April for one hour. The program is done in the early part of the school morning with readers visiting 3-4 classes for 15 minutes each.
This program is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office with partnerships with the schools and City of Casa Grande Library. The Library does a great job of scheduling readers, sending reminders and can even help you find the perfect book for the age group.
A “Meet & Greet” will be held on Wednesday, July 19th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at the Casa Grande Public Library downtown. APS will be hosting refreshments as we sign readers up and provide more specific information about the program.
Perhaps you’re already aware of the program and already know you want to get involved? To get started, all you have to do is click here to apply!
I hope I can count on you to support this important literacy program in Casa Grande and to see you on July 19th!
Mayor Craig McFarland
City of Casa Grande