Read to Dream

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There is a dedicated group of Hill Ward Henderson volunteers that for the last three and a half years have been actively supporting The John Germany Young Readers Initiative "Read to Dream".

A special thank you to Andy Peluso, Anisha Patel, Evan Dix, Gordon Hill, Janda Owen, Logan Murphy, Melina Garcia, Ryan McConnell, Sara Lui, Jim Robbins, Travis Santos, Will Roberts, Travis Foels and Kip Marshall.

These volunteers have been committed to regularly traveling to West Tampa Elementary and Edison Elementary Schools to read to and with children in Second through Fourth Grades. Our Hill Ward Henderson team is part of a broader group of volunteers from other law firms and bar association groups which have provided readers to six different schools over the last few years.

Even though the program's main goal is to develop each child's reading comprehension, our interaction with the children has elevated their confidence to read out loud to others and to answer questions relating to the stories. Also, the program encourages the children to read on their own at home by providing books to them in a weekly book give away. The schools participating in the Read to Dream program are elated that their children's standardized reading scores have shown substantial improvement.

If you would like to learn more about the program, click this link to read the most recent Read to Dream newsletter.

Again, thank you to this very dedicated group of Hill Ward Henderson volunteers making a big impact on these young students.