30 Minutes of Reading a Week Provides a Lifetime of Literacy

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Real estate veteran and reading volunteer, Jim Thoeming (jimthoeming.remaxagent.com), is celebrating his 40th anniversary. Jim has spent more than 300 hours ensuring children in at-risk neighborhoods develop a love for the written word.

Their library provides the books, I provide the voice and the children provide the imagination.

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For RE/MAX broker Jim Thoeming, 2015 not only marks his 40th anniversary as a real estate professional but more than 300 hours of reading to neighborhood children. Every week, Jim, as a volunteer with the Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program, reads to two different classrooms at the Clayton Early Learning school.

“Their library provides the books, I provide the voice and the children provide the imagination,” said Jim. “I, along with the program, respect children as early learners, and I have fun reading to them.”

Volunteers with the Read Aloud Program provide 30 minutes of high-quality, early literacy-enriched storytime to preschool classrooms (3-5 years old) in at-risk neighborhoods, each week for 30 weeks. “Our volunteers are not only helping to build an early love of reading and learning but are developing caring connections with the children in their classrooms, and Jim exemplifies this criteria,” said Sarah McNeil, Read Aloud coordinator for the Denver Public Library. “Jim’s theatrical manner of reading entrances the kids and he provides a rich, memorable story time each week by engaging students and asking them questions about the stories, and taking their answers and opinions seriously.”

For more information about the Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program, please call (720) 865-1308.

About Jim Thoeming
Jim Thoeming has helped his clients buy and sell real estate in the central Denver market for 40 years. He is a RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement recipient and was salesman of the year in 1995. In addition to volunteering for the Read Aloud Program, Jim helped start the Denver School of the Arts and raises funds for a local animal shelter. For more information, please call (303) 331-4529, or visit the RE/MAX of Cherry Creek office at 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive, suite 801, Denver, CO 80209.

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