Reading For Heroes Honors Frontline COVID Workers | – Bay Net

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Four local agencies and a college have teamed up to honor those on the frontline of the war against COVID-19 in a unique way.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Health Department, Public Schools, Library, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are partnering in the Reading for St. Mary’s Heroes Initiative.

The program pairs the young children of frontline COVID workers like healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, public works personnel, and grocery store workers with high school and college-aged volunteers for reading sessions.

The reading sessions are held via Zoom. Reading for St. Mary’s Heroes aims to improve the skills of the younger readers and also encourage reading for pleasure. The program also gives older students a chance to earn community service credits.

St. Mary’s County Library Director Michael Blackwell said that librarians carefully chose the reading list to promote the concept of equity. “The children who read and their reading mentors will emerge from this dark time with a sense of hope and greater self-confidence to pursue their special dreams.”

Frontline workers can register their K-8 students at the Reading for St. Mary’s Heroes website by clicking here. Student volunteers can also sign up by following the link.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel