Did you know that as many as 60% of kindergarteners enter school without the requisite reading-readiness skills? Or that children who do not read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate on time or drop out? Unfortunately, these are the facts that are prevalent across Houston which impacts our social and economic vitality.
We invite you to make a difference and partner with us during National Read Aloud Month which is set for March 2019. Reading aloud, for just 15 minutes a day, is critically important during a child's earliest years of life, and the act of reading aloud is both a preventative measure and a solution for raising literacy. That's the potential and purpose of Read Aloud Month.
Due to school scheduling, Making It Better will be providing Read Aloud activities from February 18th through March 8th.
There are two ways that you can be part of the solution for raising literacy rates during National Read Aloud Month.
1. Become a classroom sponsor for $500 per classroom to provide each child with two books to begin or build their home library. When you consider there is only 1 book for every 300 children living in low-income homes, two books will make a difference in their lives.
2. Encourage employees, associates, and friends to serve as volunteer readers in any one of the nine HISD elementary schools served by Making It Better programs. Each volunteer will choose the school, day and time that works best for their schedule and will commit to reading once/week for three weeks from February 18th through March 8th. Volunteers will read for 30 minutes/visit to their 1st or 2nd grade classroom on the agreed upon day and time.
Because of YOU, last year's Read Aloud Month was a tremendous success:
The ability to read opens the world to children.
Elizabeth & Richard Schmidt
Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies is pleased to continue to support MIB in its efforts to improve childhood literacy in the greater Houston Area.