Earlier this year, Name Bubbles donated $5,000 to Bell Avenue Elementary School to establish a new reading program, just in time for Read Across America Day. With school back in session, we decided to reconnect with our friend Principal Lisa Hall to see how the program is shaping up:
Q: How do you think reading changes the lives of your students?
A: I believe that being a literate reader opens a variety of doors and opportunities for students. Reading builds skills, fosters imagination, provides entertainment and develops critical problem solving skills.
Q: What are some of the challenges your students face?
A: Many of the challenges that my students face are very similar to students all across our country. They come from households that are facing significant financial challenges which lead to families that become very transient, parents that are not available because they are working multiple jobs, and a general lack of stability in the home. More than fifty percent of my students are learning English as a second language which presents its own set of challenges. One that really stands out is that it is difficult for families of second language learners to assist students at home with their daily reading and writing assignments.
Q: Why is The Reading Partners program so valuable to your students at Bell Avenue Elementary?
A: Our full day program provides students that are one to two years behind grade level in their reading skills with a tutor that works one on one with them, twice a week for forty five minutes. The one on one tutoring experience helps build confidence that, in turn, creates successful readers.
Q: As a parent and educator, what is the one thing you hope parents do for their kids?
A: I encourage parents to read with their children often because a shared reading experience helps to solidify a young child’s vocabulary and fosters a lifelong love and appreciation of reading.
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