GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Volunteers from across Grand Rapids gathered Friday to read to over 1,000 students in Grand Rapids Schools. Dozens of volunteers visited nearly 50 classrooms to share the love of reading.
The Army of Readers is an annual event organized by the Salvation Army and their young professionals group The Action Group. Volunteers read books to students on subjects surrounding community service, philanthropy, recycling and being a caring person.
After reading to the students and discussing the topic of the book, the volunteers lead the classroom in an activity also related to the book to further encourage the lessons.
After the reading the activities volunteers then leave the books for the students as a donation for them to read again in the future. Since the volunteering event’s inception it has been proudly supported by the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation.
The Salvation Army gives back to the community in other ways besides it’s Army of Readers event. The programs and services are diverse from youth programs and emergency disasters services, to adult rehabilitation services to utility assistance. Find out more about the Salvation Army here.
The Salvation Army’s Action Group encourages young individuals to foster a relationship with the Grand Rapids community through volunteering. Find out more information about the group and how you can get involved here.