Appreciation extended to BeAR mentors for their dedication

by | May 30, 2024 | It's a Wrap, Other News

The Be A Reader (BeAR) literacy project, dedicated to fostering a love of reading among 2nd grade students in Norfolk and Virginia Beach’s Title I schools, hosted an end-of-year appreciation luncheon for its mentors last month.

Gail Flax, BeAR chair, welcomed everyone and thanked the mentors for their hard work, patience, and unwavering belief in every student’s potential. It was a lively event where humorous and heartwarming stories were shared.

During the luncheon, mentors were applauded for their dedication to their students and given a chance to handpick summer reading books and projects for their students. This personalized approach ensures that each student receives books tailored to their interests and reading level, setting the stage for an enriching summer of reading adventures.

The generosity of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival enabled the mentors to pick out summer reading books for themselves.

The luncheon underscored the profound impact of mentorship in fostering a love for literature and learning. By recognizing the mentors’ role as champions of literacy, BeAR reinforces its commitment to empowering both mentors and students.
BeAR continues to inspire a lifelong love of reading, transforming lives one page at a time.

Join BeAR in empowering young minds and creating a brighter future through literacy! To become a BeAR mentor for the 2024/25 school year, or for more information about the BeAR program, contact Robin Ford at 757-321-2304 or