The average reading scores drop precipitously for boys in the 3rd and 4th grades because their brains are developing more slowly than girls at this age.
Showing reluctant readers that books can be fun will encourage them to read and use the library.
Many boys reach adulthood without having masculine role models who read for pleasure.
Establishing male readers as role models helps to counter a wide-spread stereotype of reading as a feminine activity
For the program to be successful we need men in the community to become volunteer readers.
Teams of volunteers visit the school at lunch time and read to the boys while they are eating.
Volunteers can choose to participate in only a couple or many sessions depending on their schedules.
Big guys volunteering their lunch time makes a huge difference in the lives of little guys.