Literacy Program Comes to Midland ISD 12/4/13
CBS 7 News
Many find it hard to believe that in this day and age children might not have books to read at home.
A literacy pilot project is said to kick off at Midland Independent School District in mid February to combat that issue.
This program will give young kids a chance to take book home to keep every couple of weeks. It gives them a chance to build their own library
Cinthia Delatorre says she grew up reading. “It lets you imagine and go to another place, we couldn’t always afford things growing up.”
“It helps students get on track with their grade level by third grade,” says Jami Owen, Director of the Education Foundation and Community Programs for MISD. Owen says having books at a younger age teaches mechanics; reading up and down and left to right.
“What we’re seeing more and more is that reading is pervasive and goes across every subject and without access to books, the love of reading can’t be fostered,” says Jan Rhodes, Carver Center Assistant Principal.
Another problem can be language barriers at home.
“There are 26 languages spoke in the halls of MISD schools,” says Owen.
Cynthia says she thinks this program is beneficial because no matter what, she wants her son to grow up with a book in hand. “I read to my son every night, and he seems so much more educated because of it.”
Owen says eventually they will be asking for volunteers and donations. For now Stay tuned to CBS 7 for more information as the program gets rolling.