Community service is a perfect way for your squad to bond and get to know your community at the same time! Cheerleaders are role models for so many young people, and spending some quality time reading to them is an amazing way to connect with them.
CheeReaders was created by CheerExtreme cheerleader Hannah McRae Young to encourage young children to pick up a book and read. Through much experimentation, Hannah discovered that the program works best for grades kindergarten through second; and reading one-on-one with the child is the best method. Hannah enjoys reading to special needs classes, and this is a time when reading to a group works the best. As cheerleaders, the elementary school kids in your community look up to you and can’t wait to be involved in activities with you. They may be shy at first, but will warm up quickly when they get to shake pom pons or get into the story being read.
The Children’s Reading Foundation says “Just 20 minutes a day of reading aloud with young children strengthens relationships, encourages listening and language skills, promotes attention and curiosity and establishes a strong reading foundation.”
So what are you waiting for? Grab a few of your squad members, put on your uniform, check out a few children’s books at your local library and start reading to kids in your community!