Each year, the ACHIEVE program works with Title I schools to begin reaching students earlier in their education to prevent the reading loss that many children experience during the summer months. The goal is to keep them on track with their peers as they level up.
“Many studies indicate that the reading skills of students in low-income households decline by a few months when schools are closed,” said James Patterson, chairman of the board of directors of ACHIEVE Fort Bend County.
âChildren who have difficulty reading at an early age are less likely to thrive in school and in life. We believe our program fills a critical gap for students who may not have access to books at home, especially books that interest them at their reading level. Additionally, research shows that literacy is directly linked to the strength of our economy, our families and our future.
ACHIEVE’s goal is to raise enough funds to buy 12,500 books next year. By investing $ 50, ten books can be bought for each child and help keep them from falling behind in school.
Since the inception of the program five years ago, ACHIEVE has donated over 40,000 books to 4,000 first-grade English and Spanish speaking students in Title I schools. Teachers and administrators identify students, qualified educators select students. books that represent the reading level, language and interest of each child.
They are inspired to read the books multiple times and share them with other members of their household. Last year, more than 1,100 children received 11,000 books made possible through donations from the community and foundations.
âWe would like to thank our dedicated community volunteers and everyone who has given financially,â Patterson concluded. âSupporting literacy in our community goes a long way in helping more children at risk of reading decline so that they too can have access to books to read at home and improve their reading skills while on vacation. summer. ”
To donate or for more information about ACHIEVE Fort Bend and its summer reading program, please visit Achieve’s Facebook page or email Achievefbc2yahoo.com.