Let's create Literacy Kits!
Did you know in Iowa:
-1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.
-Nearly 30% of Iowa’s Kindergarten through third-grade students are failing to meet educational benchmarks on reading.
-In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children!
-61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.
-Children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.
The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
With community support, United Way has assisted our community in receiving:
-Over 5,000 books distributed to area youth.
-Over 1,400 youth were provided with educational opportunities including mentoring and leadership & character building.
-Over 1,400 hours of mentoring were provided to area youth and over 50 local students and 70 local community members were provided with vocational and educational training.
In order to create early literacy opportunities, volunteers came together at Dimensional Brewing Co. on Tuesday October 15th. 100 kits were created in order to provide early literacy opportunities for the local community. The kits were distributed to:
Women United's Sprout Into Reading Initiative
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
St. Mark Youth Enrichment
"First of all, what a great event! The literacy activity packets will be so helpful as we plan to keep a few extra activity bags (we had multiples given to us) we can use at our before and after school sites as well as send activity bags home with our students. We are always looking for ways we can support and encourage our St. Mark parents to assist in strengthening their child's social/emotional and academic skills!" Mel Dill, Education Coordinator at St. Mark Youth Enrichment
Thanks to the volunteers that created these kits and to Alliant Energy Foundation for funding these kits.
See below for the upcoming Volun-Beer event in November!