Storyville’s mission is to improve literacy through channeling the talent of performers and the magic of reading aloud. We believe there is no one better equipped to tell a story than a performer.
Storyville is a free program sees Australian performers visit primary schools weekly on a volunteer basis to read aloud to students. Storyville volunteers read to on average 1,725 children each week, with numbers steadily increasing as more schools come on board. The program specifically targets schools with socio-economic disadvantage and/or schools where for a majority of students, English is a second language.
We are in the third year of rolling out the program and with funds raised we hope to be able to employ a Storyville scheduler for a year, to assist in developing the reach of our program. We want to employ a Storyville volunteer for this role, a great way for us to help support performers who often experience financial stress due to irregular income streams.
The Storyville initiative was founded on the premise that children should be exposed to quality storytelling to develop a love of reading. Research shows that one of the best predictors of children’s success in learning to read is being read to aloud. The key outcomes of the program are to:
• Improve listening comprehension skills
• Build a capacity for critical thinking
• Increase vocabulary and context knowledge
• Spark a positive association with reading
The quality storytelling that Storyville provides, moulds children into becoming readers, and significantly increases a child’s potential for academic success as well as lifelong success in general.
With your support we will strengthen the reach of our program and assist disadvantaged students, instilling in them a love of books that will last a lifetime, to quote Al Pacino ‘You’ll never be alone if you’ve got a book’.
Being able to employ a Equity volunteer performer to assist with scheduling performers and being a point of contact schools, will help us continue to expand the reach of this vital program.
Find out more at: www.equityfoundation.org.au