Volunteers honored at Read With Me Volunteer luncheon in Indian Wells.

Riverside County officials, principals, teachers, clergy and admirers were on hand on April 7 to honor the devoted volunteers from Read With Me Volunteers at a special appreciation luncheon held at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. So far this year, 342 registered volunteers have collectively given more than 7,500 hours of volunteer tutoring for hundreds of students from 16 local elementary schools.

Heading the popular event was the energetic president of Read With Me Volunteers, Roberta Kleinwho, along with her husband Clayfounded the nonprofit in 2004. The organization’s original mission, which continues to this day, pledges to help disadvantaged children living in poverty coming from homes where families only spoke Spanish to learn, read and comprehend English.

While awaiting the luncheon program to begin, guests were treated to several dance numbers by adorable young girls from Ballet Folklorico Dancers of Palm View Elementary. Rev Derek Fosse of Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert conducted the opening prayer. The master of ceremonies for the day, KESQ meteorologist and Read With Me board member patrick evans introduced Roberta.

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