Since 1993, the SAG Foundation has been championing children’s literacy through its signature children's literacy programs, BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online, and with the support and volunteer efforts of thousands of SAG-AFTRA performers nationwide.
BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is founded on a clear premise: children must be exposed to the magic of books in order to develop a love of reading. Who better to instill that love than actors, gifted in the art of storytelling?
Today, BookPALS serves more than 60,000 children in public schools, hospitals and social service agencies every month. Over 2,200 SAG-AFTRA performers regularly volunteer their time and talent to read aloud to kids in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Florida and Arizona. Over the last 20 years, BookPALS have read to more than two and a half million children.
"If you're a member of SAG-AFTRA, you should doing this. It's the best thing you can do with a couple of hours each week."-Bill Schroffel, BookPAL and SAG-AFTRA actor
"You make a difference immediately."-Angel Oquendo, BookPAL and SAG-AFTRA actor
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For more information about BookPALS or to sign up, visit www.bookpals.net.
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In 2001, the SAG Foundation was given a generous grant by Verizon to create five digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Those initial five stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently streams 24 stories featuring celebrity readers including Annette Bening, Hector Elizondo, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, and Elijah Wood.
Storyline Online also features supplemental activities for each book developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide. Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge, Storyline Online ensures that every child who has access to an Internet connection can be exposed to a story.
Check these videos out at to storylineonline.net!
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PencilPALS makes reading and writing a first-person experience for children in elementary and middle schools. Each child involved in this program has an opportunity to write and illustrate his/her own letters and stories, which are then mailed to corresponding PALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), volunteer performers from the BookPALS program with whom the children can share their thoughts and experiences. PALS write response letters to the children, and before long, inter-generational relationships prosper between the children and their PALS.