And on June 4 Pat Bastian, Volunteer Executive Director and Diane Amos, Secretary/Treasurer, interviewed with Ned Ryan Doyle on “Our Southern Community.” This powerful 40-minute radio interview addresses the literacy gap and its correlation to socioeconomics and politics. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the interview (it’s available at this link), here are some highlights:
PB: It is a crisis, I’m going to throw out a couple of more statistics . . . Students who aren’t proficient readers by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Now when you combine that with poverty levels, students who at that point are unable to read at the end of the third grade and experience one year of poverty are six times more likely to drop out of high school.
NRD: It’s a very slippery slope if they don’t get a good start.
DA: That is so true and that was why I joined because children learn to read from kindergarten through third grade and then after the third grade, they read to learn. So if we don’t have them reading by third grade they are lost. That is what’s so unique about this program is that we only target those three years.
She further explained that her reasons for volunteering for Read To Succeed in 2010 were political:
NRD: Diane, the same question to you, your background, and your motivation that got you into this program?
DA: I would say politics got me into it. When the Republican legislature in 2010, took over and slashed the education budget, I was horrified and said what can I do and about that time, I got an email from a democratic activist saying there is this Read To Succeed program and I said, ok, that’s for me.
Be sure to listen to the entire interview here.
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