Reading For Change to hold Trunk ‘R Treat

TROY — Taking the “spookiness” out of reading is what makes Reading For Change so successful in creating great readers, but transforming the program’s parking lot into a “Trunk ‘R Treat” zone gives the kids a break from the ordinary.

‘We love these kids. They work so hard during the school year to improve their grades and their reading levels, so it is such a fun way to make this time of year special for them,” said Nicole Brown, executive director of Reading For Change. “We know they are in a safe environment and having fun, and our volunteers really enjoy making it a big deal for them.”

Reading For Change, located at 105 W. Market St., will transform the building’s parking lot into “Trunk ‘R Treat” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m. Cars with open trunks will elaborately decorate for Halloween and volunteers will fill the trunks with goodies. The children get to dress up and go from trunk to trunk gathering treats.

The event, now in its third year, includes the families and siblings of the Reading For Change students.

“It allows us to bring the whole family out for an event at Reading For Change,” Brown stated. “We welcome the siblings and parents of the RFC kids, so it’s a fun time for our staff, volunteers and the families we serve to join together and see the kids smile.”

Reading for change was established in 2014 by Ali and Ethan Martin. It is a free reading, tutoring and homework helping program for children in the Troy community. The program serves school-age children Monday-Thursday, offering differentiated reading programs for varying levels of struggle. With the belief that “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader,” Reading For Change has made a huge impact in the lives of many children in our community.

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