Sandparent Reading

What is Sandparents?

Sandparents is a free reading program for children under the age of six in our community. A young child is matched with a senior – a sandparent – and the two meet once a week in a safe, cozy and stimulating environment. It is a tried Rotary-sponsored program that has run successfully for several years elsewhere.

Who are Sandparents?

Simply put, "sandparents" are Seniors from Brighton who have volunteered to read with local children on a weekly basis. They are; however, much more than just a reading partner. Sandparents are a committed part-time mentor who has been carefully matched to each young child. They will read, sing, play, and otherwise interact with that child in the hopes that a mutually rewarding friendship will develop. For some children, whose extended family members are not near at hand, Sandparents can fill that void and play a part-time grandparent role.

Where did the name "Sandparents" come from?

The program's name "Sandparents" is a play on words. It links the mythical "Mr. Sandman" who carries happy and tired children off to sleep with the word grandparent.

What are people saying?

Click here to read testimonials from some of our participants.