By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What does it take to get over 2000 Philadelphia elementary and middle school students to become excited about reading? The annual Philadelphia Reading Olympics does just this!!READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
It’s the city’s largest literacy competition, designed to inspire students to read for pleasure and learn how success is linked to teamwork.
To make this work, volunteers are needed to be the questioners and moderators – just like Alex Trebek from Jeopardy. Qualifications are simple: You must be an adult of good character, a good reader and love children.READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
It is not too late to be a volunteer.
Sessions are held in the city’s colleges and universities. Volunteers arrive early for training on how to moderate the three question/answer sessions based on what kids have read.MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
Consider being a part of this program from today through May 31st and spread the word to any family and friends who might be interested in volunteering by pointing them online to PhiladelphiaReads.org.