| Nov 25, 2015
J is Reading!
Boy and mom
Over the last two months, parents have been introduced to Raising A Reader and children will get excited to take home a little red bag full of books each week. With your support, over 1000 children and their families are participating in Raising A Reader this school year. This includes adding new classrooms and introducing the new STEM and Special Needs books to children and families.
Below is a story about a little boy named J.
J went to from Jump Start University Child Care, a small daycare in one of the most poverty stricken areas in North Carolina.
J is reading!! The Raising A Reader Coordinator didn’t believe the teacher at first but she told J to get the “Cat In The Hat” book and read it. He sat down on the cushion beside the teacher and started reading. The teacher thought he memorized the book. The teacher asked him to pick any book from the book shelf and read. He then picked up “Hooray for Fish”, by Lucy Cousins. He read it! Then he picked up Dr. Seuss’s “Fox in Socks” (he likes Dr. Seuss books) and started reading. When asked if Raising A Reader had anything to do with his reading success, the teacher said that it was definitely a major part of the success story because of constant flow of books going into the home.
J entered kindergarten in August 2014. He was tested along with the other children in his kindergarten class and he is reading at a third grade level. J also was accelerated up to the first grade. The teachers in the class were amazed at his accomplishments and applauded his teachers and the Raising A Reader program. They were astounded by his vocabulary and comprehension skills which tested very high for a five year old. The parents stated that Raising A Reader was a wonderful program that put quality books into their home every week. They said that the teachers gave techniques on reading with J and ideas on what books to select when they take their son to the library. J’s mom, who is taking college classes, was so thankful for the Raising A Reader program because it gave them books at home when it was extremely hard for her to get out and go to the library.
Raising A Reader continuously hears stories about families in the program and we love sharing them with you! Your continued support helps Raising A Reader families across the country develop, practice and maintain early learning skills crucial to future success.
Thank you for changing the lives of children and families in need.
Yours in book sharing,
The Raising A Reader Team
Boy with his books