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AF Joins United Way to Read Out Loud

April 13, 2015 04:00 AM
Michelle-Cropped What is more fun than reading a great book to a group of kids? This week, a few Colleagues and I got to do that at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary, during the United Way’s Read Out Loud campaign to promote literacy. Volunteers from other companies read to students at more than a dozen other elementary schools during the event. We had a blast reading to the students and hope that our presence in the school will help them understand that not only is reading important, it’s fun! Here are some statistics supplied by the United Way Volunteer Center about childhood literacy in Oklahoma City:
  • One in six children who do not read proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time.  Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Double Jeopardy” study
  • In 2011, more than half (52 percent) of all fourth-grade students in Oklahoma City public schools scored below the proficient performance level in reading on the Core Curriculum Test.  Source: ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act Annual Report Card 2010-11
I read a book that was new to me based on the Disney movie Planes. The kids seemed to enjoy the familiar characters and the exciting story line. One of my friends related a tale about Pete the Cat. The books were donated to the school library, so the students will be able to read them for themselves later. Any time I get to spend with children fostering a love for reading is time well spent!

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