PK-3 READING 1000 CAMPAIGN

Regardless of income levels or poverty, reading proficiency at the end of third grade has consistently been problematic for Black children in St. Louis, Missouri. This issue is particularly pronounced for children growing up in homes where early literacy experiences aren’t common practice and age appropriate books are sparse. In addition, many children are less interested in books that do not reflect their daily experiences nor include culturally responsive images.

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What Do We Know?

  • Third grade reading success is the educational marker that determines a child’s progress in school and in life (Annie E. Case Foundation, Kid’s Count Report 2014).
  • More than 60% of Black 3rd graders in Metropolitan St. Louis finished school years 2014 and 2015 below grade level in Reading.   Essentially, those students entered 4th grade not able to read!  (MO DESE, MAP data for 3rd Grade Communications Arts; 2014 and 2015.)
  • Eleven of the 40 metropolitan St. Louis school districts have a Black student enrollment of 25% or higher.
  • Regardless of income levels or poverty, reading proficiency is problematic for children growing up in homes where early literacy experiences aren’t common practice and books are sparse (Janice Hale, Learning While Black 2001).

What Can We Do?

We are extremely excited to launch our most important PK-3 Reading 1000 Campaign. This social literacy revolution seeks to support children in learning how to read by:

1) Providing them with books that value their interests and cultural identities.

2) Equipping parents with practical strategies that encourage children to read.

3) Increasing the ways in which literacy is socialized at home.

The entire community can play a role in ensuring all children in St. Louis are reading. Over the next year, our goal is to support the work of local authors and illustrators by giving at least 1000 donated books to no less than 1000 parents to be used during reading time with their children who live in one of 1000 St. Louis homes located in neighborhoods with the lowest levels of 3rd grade reading proficiency. We will use current Missouri Assessment Program results to determine our targeted neighborhoods. At a glance, these are the benefits of the campaign.

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BOOK BOXES

  • Custom designed book-boxes that include children’s literature and posters published by St. Louis authors and illustrators, and that value the images and interests of Black children.
  • We make available fun, creative, and engaging early literacy activities that are aligned with national learning standards.

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PARENTS

  • The highlight of the campaign is our Family Style Dinning Dinners where we dialogue with parents about how literacy is socialized within the home (listening, speaking, reading, writing and techno-browsing).
  • Targeted invitations are given to families living in zip code areas with the lowest levels of 3rd grade reading proficiency.

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ST.LOUIS HOMES

  • We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations of good will to purchase our book-boxes for families that lack age appropriate books at home.
  • We strive to connect parents to evidence based strategies and community resources that support children learning how to read.

What Can YOU Do?

The most helpful action to take is to purchase our book-boxes for families that lack age appropriate books at home. Individuals, businesses, organizations, philanthropists, all who are of good will can make this one difference.  Book boxes are available for purchase at this link:

  • Check out our "Donor Page" and challenge yourself and your friends to purchase book-boxes.
  • Attend one of our community forums raising awareness about the importance of good early literacy experiences for children living in St. Louis.
  • Invite one of our authors to present their books at your school, church, business, or library.
  • Support local book stores that feature children's books by local authors.
  • Inspire and encourage any child in your reach to read, read, and read some more!