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How You Can Help

Share your time, your books, your ideas - or make a generous gift!  There are many ways you can help.

1. Spend time with children. A love of reading and of children is the only requirement!
We need:

  • Reading tutors and substitutes 
  • Classroom volunteers and storytellers 
  • Math tutors 
  • After-school helpers (high school juniors and seniors) 
  • Book giveaway helpers and library volunteers 

Tutors meet weekly with students. No teaching experience is necessary; we provide both books and training.  Tutor quotes:  "This is one of the most fun things I do all week."  “I just love . . . this program.  I feel I can make a difference in a child’s life.” 

To learn about tutoring at Sankofa Academy, please contact Judy Stettner or Lois Clauson.  To learn about tutoring at Greenleaf School, please contact Judy Zollman.   To learn more about helping in the after-school program, please contact Beth Hurwich.

2. Help make our school libraries great places for kids to hang out!  We always need helpers to sort books and spruce up library shelves.  Or, join the fun and help us at one of our school-wide book giveaways!   For information about helping with books, contact Jean Stein.
3. Don't have time to help out in the schools? You can still contribute to Oakland literacy with your gifts!   

·        Donate books! We need new or gently used children's paperbacks (in good condition only, please!) - suitable for pre-K through 6th grade students. Paperbacks go directly to students at book giveaways. A book bin is located in Temple Sinai’s new living room entry.   

·        Or purchase new paperbacks, either from a local indie or from our Amazon wish lists – just click "wish list” and search for "People of the Book."  (Ask for a gift card so we know who to thank!)     

·        Give funds to the People of the Book Literacy Project. Your donations go directly to the schools!  Commemorate a special event, such as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a wedding, birth, or birthday, with a gift of books or money. Or make a memorial donation in honor of someone who loved reading. 

For general information about Temple Sinai’s People of the Book Literacy Project, please contact Judy Zollman.   Thank you!