Shared Journeys Book Break Fridays

Shared Journeys Shares Books on Book Break Fridays
Posted on 11/11/2020
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Over the past few weeks, Shared Journeys staff, students, alumni and West Allis-West Milwaukee Community members spend some time reading a book of choice.  The read aloud is then shared on Shared Journeys facebook and website for Book Break Friday.

“Learning to read at an early age allows children the opportunity for greater general knowledge, helps to expand their vocabulary and support them to become more fluent readers and build curiosity,” explains Program Facilitator, Lisa Colla. “Children who are exposed to literature from an early age on, also have improved attention spans and better concentration skills. Of course, spending time together while reading aloud or listening to stories, also helps to create strong parent-child bonds and promote healthy brain development.”

“Having adults read aloud shows a child that reading is valued and fun,” said Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer. “Reading to a child on a consistent basis is the foundation to building a lifelong love of reading and learning.”

“Children in our program look forward to Fridays and finding out who the special reader will be,” said Colla. “As a staff, we’ve been planning a variety of activities that promote family togetherness while we’re learning virtually.  Book Break Fridays have been a hit!’

Book Break Fridays

Deidre Roemer (Director of Leadership and Learning) Don’t Push the Button

Terese Beauchmap (Manager, Women's Health and Community Education Aurora The Crayon Box that Talked

Jasmine Gesell (an alumna of Shared Journeys) Llama Llama Misses Mama

Pam Dowling (Regional Vice-President for Primerica and financial literacy instructor) Gertie the Duck

Pastor Cathy Manthei (Pastor Apostle Presbyterian Church) You’re Missing It!

Noah Leigh (School Board Member) Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! 

Lisa Colla (Program Facilitator of Shared Journeys)  What Makes a Rainbow

We are still  looking for more readers.  If you are interested, please contact Lisa Colla at or at 414-604-4291 for more information.