Read to children in schools

Make a difference one book at time

There’s something magical about reading books aloud to children. It opens their minds and hearts to reading and sparks a sense of curiosity that can energize a lifetime of learning.

Calgary Reads offers several school-based reading and tutoring programs for young children. And we need your help. Each program relies on volunteers to make them successful. You can volunteer as an individual or as a member of your work or community team.

“Thank you Calgary Reads for making an amazing difference for Pearl and for our whole family. The work you do to support students who need extra literacy help and give them the skills to become confident learners is fantastic. We are all very grateful to you for this incredible gift.”

Karen Lloyd
Pearl’s Mother

Volunteer to Read


The number of corporate and community volunteers who helped with our seven Reading Rallies in 2016-17

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The number of volunteers involved in our wee read program in 2016-17.

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This program is focused on getting kindergarten and grade one students excited about reading. It’s a great place for first-time volunteers to start. Volunteers receive training and usually commit to one 30-minute session each week for eight weeks during the school year.

See wee read in action

Discover how the simple act of reading can transform a child’s world.


The number students helped by Read Up! volunteers in 2016-17.


Our signature in-school tutoring program helps struggling readers in grades one and two strengthen their reading skills at a critical time in their cognitive development. Volunteers receive advanced training and commit to two 45-minute sessions each week for total of about 40 sessions.

Read Up! opens the door to reading

See how you can help children achieve their full potential.

“My favourite part is watching the sparkle in a child’s face and the pride and relief in parents’ eyes when a struggling reader becomes a child who reads with confidence.”

Calgary Reads Volunteer


The number of corporate and community volunteers who helped with our seven Reading Rallies in 2016-17.


These are reading celebrations complete with special guests, fun activities and lots of books. Join in as an individual volunteer or get your corporate team or community group involved and help students experience the joy of reading.

Reading Rallies make reading fun

See what happens when a school gym is transformed into carnival of reading.

“The students were spoiled through literacy from start to finish. From the moment they walked through the doors, students were met with excitement and enthusiasm for reading. The Stantec and community volunteers acted as true champions of literacy and lifelong learning.”

Josh Miller

Assistant Principal, Woodlands Elementary, Calgary Board of Education