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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.