Boone County’s ‘Read Aloud’ program enters its second year

Jennifer Griffith, with Boone County’s Read Aloud program, says its been a wonderful first year for the Boone County program.

Boone County’s Read Aloud program enters its second year with plans to participate in the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES program.

“This has been a wonderful first year of Read Aloud Boone County,” said Jennifer Griffith, with Boone County’s Read Aloud program. “I would like to thank Mary K. Bond, Executive Director or Read Aloud WV for helping me start up this in our county. Read Aloud WV provides many resources for our students, teachers and parents throughout the year that I am proud to get in the hands of our coordinators from each school participating. Looking forward to the upcoming year, and many volunteers visiting and sharing great books to our students.”

Griffith says if you would like to donate books please contact her at 304-369-8850.

“We plan to have book drives prior to school start up in August in the Madison, Pond Fork and Big Coal areas,” she said.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES’ goal is to have every child being read aloud to by a parent or loved one for 15 minutes every day starting at birth.

The decade-long 15 MINUTES Movement will be a massive public awareness effort, spearheaded by partners in cities throughout the nation that will rally grassroots support through local awareness efforts and community outreach.

“We want to change social norms,” says co-founder Dr. Candace Kendle. “We want to see reading aloud every day for 15 minutes become one of the essential routines of child care, as normal as daily tooth brushing.”

“The response we’ve had at the local level has been amazing,” says Executive Director and co-founder Bob Robbins. “Businesses, teachers, librarians, health care workers … they all recognize the importance of what we’re trying to do, and they’re all drawn to our simple, but powerful message. We are excited to have Boone County help parents with young children throughout West Virginia join our growing league of academic scholars, business leaders, government officials, day care workers, teachers, community workers, parents, and friends who are working to make reading aloud for 15 minutes every day, starting at birth, a parenting standard. Together, we will help more children begin kindergarten ready to learn, get the most out of their education, and become productive citizens.”

Read Aloud partners are united behind the idea that 15 minutes of daily reading aloud from birth to age 8 can change the face of education, nationally.

According to Read Aloud:

• Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.

• Nationally, 37 percent of children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary to begin their learning journey.

• If a child is not reading at grade level by the end of the first grade, then there is an 88% probability the child will not be reading at grade level by the end of the fourth grade.

• Even in higher-income households, nearly 40 percent of families do not read aloud every day.

• More than half the children in this country — 13 million children — will not hear a bedtime story tonight.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

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