Partners in Education District Coordinator, January Jones, says the program is serving a great need.
“Because of that 23% of the children that are considered developing readers, and because of those statistics in the long run, what is going to happen if they can't get up to their reading level,” she said.
She says statistics show teen pregnancy, incarceration, and high school drop out rates are much higher for students who do not meet their 3rd grade reading level.
Child development experts say just a few minutes a day spent reading to a child could help them from becoming one of those statistics and gain a foundation for their education.
“Reading is part of every subject, when you are doing math you have to read the question, before you can start doing the math. Science, you have to be able to read to do the science project or put things together,” Jones says.
Tuesday, "Read 2 Learn" had it's first reading day.
And coordinators say the kids are in l-o-v-e with it.
“Just getting that extra attention from somebody that is in our community that is wanting to come and work with them, they are very excited,” said Debby Compton, a “Read 2 Learn” coordinator.
“It brought tears to my eyes because I am extremely passionate and very excited about this program,” said Jones.
Currently "Read 2 Learn" serves about 180 second graders in seven different schools.
And the WFISD says they are still looking for more volunteers.
If you can volunteer to read to a child for 30 minutes once a week, and are interested in the program you can call January Jones at 940-235-1009.
For more information go to http://www.wfisd.net/Page/13601 or http://facebook.com/PIEWFISD
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