Read to Soar

Research shows that children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn. 

The Orchard Foundation developed and coordinates its early literacy program, Read to Soar, to help prepare young children for school success by cultivating a love for reading long before they set foot in a classroom. The goal of the Read to Soar program is to help develop and strengthen a culture of reading at home through parent engagement so that children will have the tools for school success once they enter kindergarten.

Read to Soar Program

Read to Soar is a free, eight-session reading program for children ages birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The program helps develop and strengthen a culture of reading at home by educating parents, building a child's home library and increasing awareness about community resources to help ensure the child has the tools for school success. 

By the end of the program, children get a certificate of participation and a Read to Soar bag. Families receive five books each session they attend the program. If a family attends all 8 sessions, they will have 40 new books to adorn their home library, while the parents come away with tips and resources that help them teach their young ones.

Each session focuses on a different topic area and is designed to be fun, giving parents and caregivers a chance to bond with their kids in a learning environment. Sessions include music, dancing, crafts and refreshments.

The eight Read to Soar sessions follow early childhood education best practices and are specifically tailored for Central Louisiana.

Sessions are limited to 15 families at a time and registration is required in advance of the first session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. At least one child must be 5 years of age or younger. Parents can bring multiple children, although only one set of books goes home with each family. Families get books at the end of each session. By the end of the eight sessions, participants who attend every session will have a grand total of 40 books.

To register, download the flyer for the appropriate Read to Soar program and then call, text or email the instructor listed. You may also contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-3018 for more information. Read to Soar was developed and is administered by The Orchard Foundation. It is part of The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative.

Upcoming Workshops

02
February
2023

Vernon Parish: Read to Soar Program

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25
January
2023

Avoyelles Parish: Read to Soar Program

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No workshops currently available, check back soon for updates.

Program Instructors

Morgan Austin

Morgan Austin

Grant, Rapides, Winn
Alyska Horton

Alyska Horton

Avoyelles, Grant, Rapides
Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

Natchitoches, Rapides
Chasity Sherrill

Chasity Sherrill

Catahoula, LaSalle, Rapides
Sylvia Jones

Sylvia Jones

Rapides, Vernon
Danielle Marcotte

Danielle Marcotte

Grant, Rapides
Leslie Crossen

Leslie Crossen

Rapides, Avoyelles
Shanda Jefferson

Shanda Jefferson

Catahoula
Rachel Montgomery

Rachel Montgomery

Grant, Winn
Belinda Moses

Belinda Moses

Vernon
Jamila Farris

Jamila Farris

Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Kayla Suire

Kayla Suire

Program Manager for Early Childhood

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