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Building Community through Literacy

“Our readers have grown so much this year, and they got to show off their progress to the people in their lives. What a lovely way to end the school year!” - Ashley Larson, CI Reading Director.

Building Community through Literacy

Tuesday, we hosted our annual CI Reading Showcase! The showcase is an opportunity for young readers to show off what they’ve learned throughout the year.

Readers select a favorite book and create a report. Family and friends are invited to tour the reading stations, asking readers questions about their books. Guests can get a glimpse of CI Reading through displays featuring profiles of our readers, books they read, the vocabulary they learned, and literacy-based community and art projects.

The kids got creative. 😊 Some readers brought props from home related to their books, looking to engage guests. Others made dioramas to depict the story they chose. Most students were a little nervous, but CI staff and volunteer tutors worked to support and anchor our readers, helping them to overcome fears.

The students were AMAZING! Once the jitters were behind them, our readers dove into conversation with guests. They became excited to share their stories and read excerpts with confidence.

“I’m so proud of each student! They worked really hard to prepare for the showcase. Our readers have grown so much this year, and they got to show off their progress to the people in their lives. What a lovely way to end the school year!” says Ashley Larson, CI Reading Director.

At the end of the evening, Ashley gathered the volunteer youth leaders who help run CI Reading every week. The team huddled together for the last time this year as Ashley thanked the youth for their commitment and leadership.

“Our youth leaders have been a huge part of CI Reading this year. They help with set-up, check-in students, guide them through transitions, and so much more.”

“Their initiative is impressive! But what I love most is how they connect with our readers and how the readers look up to them. It’s beautiful to build community this way and see it flourish!” says Ashley.