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Reading Helpers 4-H Project Area

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The 4-H Reading Helpers project area consists of one project manual that contains one year of activities.

Through Make Reading Come Alive, teens will experience
meaningful service learning. The goal of this project area is to prepare youth volunteers in literacy activities to support a child’s learning to read that result in a quality community service effort. 4-H members will work with children through creative reading, art and writing activities.

In this project area, 4-H members will:

  • Identify a target group with whom to serve as a reading volunteer.
  • Create a literacy service project plan.
  • Learn the basics of read-aloud and shared reading strategies.
  • Chart and monitor their progress.
  • Reflect on their service experience.


4-H members should complete all activities listed on the project scoresheet. The scoresheet is printed directly in project manual in the back pages.

Download a copy of the scoresheet to determine what is expected for project completion.

Exhibit Ideas

Exhibit options are listed on page 33 of the project manual.
  • Poster or Display: Create a poster or display that will show others the different reading strategies you have learned about during this project.
  • Scrapbook: Create a scrapbook of your activities with photos, sample books created, sample art, and writing activities created by participants.
  • Book: Create a book (See the Resources Section for instructions about making books p. 36-39.)
  • One Reflection Activity:
    • Perspective Writing
    • Five Senses Poem (displayed on poster board)
    • Pearls of Wisdom (displayed on poster board)
    • Reflective Collage (displayed on poster board)
    • Journal

How Do I Sign Up?

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The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.

For Reading Helpers, you should search for:


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