Every child deserves to learn to read. Regardless of circumstance, EVERY child deserves the opportunities that come along with being able to read and write well. Without that ability, many get stuck in a cycle of poverty.
Consider the following:
- In 2015, 22% of school-age children in Oklahoma (209,000) were living in households below the poverty threshold.
- Each year, approximately 2/3 of children in the United States and 80% of those living below the poverty threshold fail to develop reading proficiency by the end of the third grade.
- If a child is not reading proficiently by 3rd grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
- In 2015, 67% of fourth graders in Oklahoma and 77% of those qualifying for free or reduced lunch scored below the Proficient reading level.
To that end, in April 2017, the ReadWrite Center established a nonprofit entity, ReadWrite Center for Learning, that would allow us the opportunity to provide services to children struggling to learn to read, regardless of their ability to pay. In June 2018, we will begin providing services through the Every Child Reading.Every Child Succeeding. project. Eligible students will be at least one grade level behind in reading and qualify for free/reduced lunches. Services will be provided, twice weekly, after school at the ReadWrite Center and at several area school sites.
If there is a beginning to the end of poverty, literacy is it. Simply put, literacy IS IT.
If you know a child who would benefit from participating in this program, please email us for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to help support this program in any way, please email us for a list of ways you can help.
Wendy Stacy is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, ALTA-certified academic language therapist and qualified instructor, IDA-certified dyslexia therapist, and holds additional licensure as a dyslexia therapist in the state of Texas. She is the director and cofounder at ReadWrite Center in Oklahoma City, providing assessment and intervention services for students with dyslexia. She serves as a dyslexia consultant for several area education task forces working with schools to improve services offered to students with dyslexia and providing professional development training to teachers. Wendy is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences and is the author of Barebones Grammar for Reading and Writing, Six Syllables to Success, Benchmark Measures to Accompany the Take Flight Curriculum, and the Tier Tools O-G-based Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Language Games Sets 1 & 2.