Today’s Guest Blogger is Amy Bartilotti, the Communities in Schools Site Coordinator at Bellwood Elementary School in Chesterfield, VA.
Summer is particularly difficult for kids from low-income families. With few books at home and limited access to libraries, they often fall behind.
Last year, my colleagues and I decided to dream big, ignore budgets and create a summer reading program to help our at-risk readers. No more than an hour after we had made our final plans, we got an email from First Book.
Oh my goodness! We were getting hundreds of brand-new books! Our crazy reading program was a GO!
Thanks to First Book, our students were able to pick out new books that were mailed to them every two weeks. They came with a letter of encouragement from their teacher.
The results were phenomenal! Instead of falling behind, 95 percent of our readers maintained or improved their developmental reading assessment scores.
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are. Our little corner of the world is a bit brighter because of First Book.
Please give to First Book to keep kids reading all summer long.