Read Aloud West Virginia of Berkeley County

  • Read Aloud West Virginia of Berkeley County is the local chapter of Read Aloud West Virginia, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to motivating children to want to read. The goal is to inspire a life-long love of reading that will enrich their lives and serve as a foundation for learning.

    Read Aloud offers programs in public education, book distribution, volunteer readers and classroom enrichment. Working in cooperation with Berkeley County Public Schools, Read Aloud has placed volunteer readers in more than 200 classrooms, reaching thousands of students in 22 primary, elementary, and intermediate schools during the 2019-2020 school year.

Our Volunteer Readers

  • During the 2019-2020 school year, more than 150 Read Aloud certified volunteers are reading to Berkeley County students in prekindergarten through grade 5. Readers are welcomed into the classrooms each week as friends, and form bonds with the students (and teachers) as they share their love for reading with young people.

    Those interested in becoming Read Aloud volunteers are asked to take part in one approximately 90-minute orientation session before being placed in a classroom. Sessions are scheduled throughout the year, and will be announced in local news media, on the Berkeley County chapter's Facebook page, and on the Read Aloud page at

    If you are interested in becoming a Read Aloud volunteer, or have any questions about the program, contact any of the local board members or send an email to

Calendar & News

School Coordinators

Read Aloud West Virginia

Read Aloud Berkeley County Board Members:

  • Bob Fleenor (chapter president) -- 304-267-4899, 304-839-6749,

    Marsha Dodson -- 304-261-0354,

    Ellen Turner (school coordinator liaison) -- 304-671-2000,

    Casey Willson (volunteer reader trainer) -- 304-839-4714,

    Marilyn Kinyon -- 304-229-1854,

    Paula Hoffman (Berkeley County Public Schools academic coach) --

    Lynne Seibert Steptoe -- 304-582-5109,

    Dana Phelps (volunteer reader trainer) --

    Sandy Cookus -- 304-263-6898,

    Linda Henry -- 304-671-7837,

    Caitlin Carson -- 304-820-3467,

    Gretchen Matz -- 304-274-6538,