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CAUSES
INVESTING
in EDUCATION
WHEN KIDS CAN'T READ, THEY CAN'T SUCCEED
By Matt Villano
T
his is the phrase most
elementary educators use
to explain research that
proves the link between
early childhood literacy and
academic performance later in life. It's
also why the John Jordan Foundation
(JJF), started by Jordan Winery's CEO
in 2012, is proud to support Schools of
Hope, an important initiative run by the
United Way of the Wine Country.
The program started back in 2010 to
help children build critical reading skills
between kindergarten and third grade,
and the JJF has sponsored it for the
last seven years. In 2018 alone, the
foundation donated more than $20,000
to support 27 participating schools in
Sonoma County.
" Schools of Hope is a powerful upstream way to encourage
and build literacy in the elementary schools, " says JJF
Executive Director Lisa Wittke Schaffner.
Here's how the initiative works. First, United Way of the Wine
Country recruits, trains and places community volunteers in
elementary schools-at last count, there were 35 schools in
Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties overall. These tutors
work one-on-one with students during the school day to
supplement the work the kids are doing in the classroom. In
some cases, this might mean sight-reading. In other cases, it
means working on phonics.
For Schaffner, who has volunteered at several different
schools across Sonoma County, the experience has helped
students unlock new levels of learning, as well as deeper
connections. All told, the program will serve more than 525
students across three counties this school year.
According to Jennifer O'Donnell,
executive vice president of the United
Way of the Wine Country, increasing
third grade reading proficiency is a core
goal of the initiative since it is a strong
predictor of so many successes later
in life. O'Donnell notes that children
not proficient in reading by the end of
third grade are four times less likely to
graduate by age 19, and that low early
reading proficiency correlates to higher
incarceration rates.
" This is a real problem we're trying to
address, " she says, adding that the
overarching goal for this school year is
to raise third grade reading proficiency
to at least 90 percent. " So much is tied
to reading proficiency, it's a no-brainer
to focus on [improving it]. "
So far, the initiative has yielded positive results. An evaluation
by Sonoma State University in 2014 found that first- and
second-grade students who received tutoring through
the Schools of Hope program showed reading proficiency
growth between 28 and 50 percent higher than students
who attended schools that did not participate. Subsequent
evaluations have shown similarly encouraging data.
Educators are certainly grateful for this hands-on initiative.
Candice Eberly, reading intervention program assistant
at the J.X. Wilson Elementary School in Santa Rosa, says
the program has empowered students to achieve both
higher reading comprehension scores and more confidence
while reading.
" There is a bond that is created when you share the love
of reading with a child, " says Eberly. " Schools of Hope is a
wonderful gift to our school. "
Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor in Healdsburg. Read more about him at whalehead.com.
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