The Story Time Project believes that reading with the youngest members of our community is fundamental. Reading out loud helps to improve listening, speaking, writing, and reading – all skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Readers hope to inspire children through weekly reading sessions to have a positive attitude about reading. In addition, the project aims to promote diversity, acceptance, and the celebration of differing cultures through the stories we read.
Whitman College volunteers travel to classrooms, daycares, and libraries throughout Walla Walla to read stories to two through seven year olds. Story Time readers work in pairs and read for half an hour each week. There are a number of opportunities for bilingual speakers, especially those fluent in Spanish. In addition to weekly projects, several weekend projects are available throughout the year, such as Dr. Seuss Day to kick off National Reading Month.
The Story Time Project began during the spring of 2002 as a collaborative effort between the Walla Walla YMCA and the Whitman College Center for Community Service. It has since become a permanent program within the Center for community Service, expanding to meet the needs of eight children's agencies locally.
The project's collection of books includes over two hundred titles. More than fifty of the books are written in Spanish. The books have been purchased and donated through the generous support of Vanessa Prull, Earthlight Books, the Whitman College Bookstore, and members of the college community.
How to Volunteer
Story Time Applications are available at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions, please contact us!