First Readers is a unique town-wide program that recognizes and celebrates a key milestone in learning — becoming a reader!
Once a child has been certified by his or her teacher as being able to read one of a selection of books fluently for the first time, we acknowledge each child’s huge accomplishment by celebrating with the Enfield Community. Children receive a First Readers certificate and medal (presented by their teacher or school), and recognition at a special town ceremony where they will receive a First Readers t-shirt.
The program currently operates in the Enfield Public Primary and Intermediate Schools, St. Martha School and St. Bernard School. However, any child in grades K to 8 that attends school in Enfield or resides in Enfield is eligible to participate.
First Readers, in collaboration with the Enfield Public and Parochial Schools, has selected developmentally appropriate books for children to read when their teachers feel they are just making the transition to becoming fluent readers. When the child reads one of the designated books, he or she is named a First Reader! Parents will be notified of this achievement and await an invitation to the recognition ceremony.
For children who do not attend one of our participating schools, certification can take place at the Enfield Central Library. Please contact the Children’s Librarian at the Enfield Central Library for details.
We hope you are as excited about this program as we are! When you see a child in the community proudly wearing their bright orange t-shirt proclaiming them a First Reader, please take a minute to congratulate them. And please help us to continue to support and celebrate early literacy.
First Readers Association of Enfield CT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation. Contributions are tax deductible.