We wrapped up the academic year by assessing all our students' literacy skills. We do this twice a year so we can measure our effectiveness. This year we were able to compare the reading skills of our students against a similar group of students who didn't participate in our program. We are happy to report that the R2S students scored higher on end-of-year standardized tests than a statistically similar comparison group of students who did not receive R2S coaching. We are so proud of our talented coaches and students.
We celebrated our end of year successes with ice cream parties at each school. Many thanks to The Hop Ice Cream Cafe for making our festivities memorable. Enjoy the happy faces of our coaches and students in this slide show.
Greenlife Grocery Rocks
We were thrilled to learn that Greenlife Grocery designated R2S as their current "Donate a Dime" recipient. When you shop there with reusable bags, you are rewarded 10 cents per bag for your green-conscious shopping. AND, from now through the end of September, you have the option of donating that reimbursement to Read to Succeed. We all enjoy a variety of food-shopping choices in Asheville, but I hope that Greenlife is at the top of your list because they are one of our valued supporters.
School's out but......
there's no time to rest on our laurels: Summer reading loss is a real problem. Research shows that it's measurable, and lower income students fare the worst . Here's what we're doing about it:
First, many R2S students participate in Summer Plus, an Asheville City Schools academic program. Several R2S coaches join them there, and continue the R2S curriculum, although it's not a program requirement. (Yes, our coaches really are the best.)
In addition, this year we're introducing a Summer Reading Camp, which will be held just before the start of school. About 20 our of students will enjoy 5 days of camp activities and literacy coaching on the beautiful grounds of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. Arts and Crafts, wall-climbing, tennis and reading: perfect ending to the summer break.
What's black and white and read all over?
Asheville's multicultural newspaper, The Urban News, featured Read to Succeed in a wonderful article. Read about our founders, coaches and students in "Senses, Minds and Hearts are Fuel for Read to Succeed Program". (With special thanks to The Urban News for getting it right.)
And a few words from our coaches
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Happy summer days.
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the