Penaranda takes lead at Read Aloud DE in Sussex County

Sussex County coordinator Stacy Penaranda talks with a new volunteer at the Read Aloud DE offices in Georgetown. (Submitted photo)

GEORGETOWN — Stacy Penaranda of Lewes has spent a career being devoted to children. In May, the Lancaster, Pa., native took the helm at nonprofit Read Aloud Delaware in Sussex County as the county coordinator. “Service and children,” explains Ms. Penaranda, “go hand-in-hand.”

A Georgetown University graduate, Ms. Penaranda brings years of experience in education, training, and organization to Read Aloud. Before joining the statewide children’s literacy program, she worked for 16 years in preschool and kindergarten settings where “reading and literacy were key.”

After a brief stint at Wraparound DE, Ms. Penaranda is happy to be back in the education arena and is looking forward to helping meet Read Aloud’s mission to ensure that each preschool child in Delaware is regularly read to one-on-one. In Sussex County, that mission extends to 40 sites at childcare centers, preschools, and kindergartens.

Despite a volunteer base of over 250, Ms. Penaranda cites a continuing need for volunteers in the western part of the county. “It is hard to get volunteers in places like Bridgeville, Seaford and Laurel,” she explains, “but there is so much need in those areas.”

Ms. Penaranda has nothing but praise for the current volunteers. “Our volunteers are so dedicated,” she said. “Everyone just kept going during the long transition period between coordinators in the county.”

In addition to recruiting volunteers, there is always the need for funding sources.

“Nonprofits are always competing for limited county and state funds,” said Ms. Penaranda.
One of her goals is to keep Read Aloud forefront in people’s minds. “I want Read Aloud to become a familiar household name in the community,” she said.

“For me personally,” said Ms. Penaranda, “I want to become the leader that Read Aloud in Sussex County needs.”

For more information on volunteering or making a donation, contact Stacy Penaranda at Read Aloud DE at 302-856-2527 or visit the website at readalouddelaware.org.

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