A Shared Love of Reading Makes a BIG Difference

Big Brother Thomas and Little Brother Aaron

Big Brother Thomas and Little Brother Aaron

Three years ago, Aaron was struggling greatly with his reading. In October 2011, after enrolling in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, he was matched with his new Big Brother, Thomas. After devoting much time to working on his reading, Aaron now sees reading as one of his favorite things to do!

After enhancing his reading skills with the help of his Big Brother, Aaron has begun challenging others to take up reading as well. Aaron is encouraging others to read a book a week during March, which is National Reading Month. To help kick off the Reading Challenge, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the “Little Free Library” that Aaron and Thomas helped create with donated books.

During the month long challenge, Aaron is encouraging participants to read one book per week, and to participate in special challenges. For each book and challenge completed, the participating Little wins a prize/ Along with reading throughout the month, Aaron has asked that participants join in the fun by writing their own stories to share at a book fair at the end of the month!

As an example of the impact having a dedicated mentor can have on the life of a child, Aaron went from barely being able to read to reading so much that he wanted to donate his old books and develop a creative way to get others excited about reading!

If you are curious to learn more about the fantastic job that Aaron and his Big Brother have been doing, click here.

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