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PINE CITY STUDENTS TO RECEIVE HUNDREDS OF BOOKS TO TAKE HOME FROM BOOKSHELF BUILDERS INITIATIVE

Minnesota Reading Corps program delivers books to students in rural and high-poverty areas.

 

April 24, 2018



Pine City, MN – April 11, 2018 – Parkers Prairie-area students are getting free books to take home, as part of a literacy program by Bookshelf Builders Initiative and Minnesota Reading Corps. Each pre-kindergarten student will receive 20 books, while kindergarteners through third graders will each get 8-10 books.

What: Free children’s books to be distributed to local students age 3-grade 3. This event is part of the Bookshelf Builders Initiative which will distribute 220,000 books this year to about 15,000 children nationwide.

Where: Pine City Elementary

Who: Bookshelf Builders Initiative and Minnesota Reading Corps

Why: An important part of helping children learn to read, and then learn to love reading, is to provide them with opportunities to read and be read to outside of school. Reading Corps coaches and tutors will assist school media specialists with helping parents make plans to read with children at

home.

About the Bookshelf Builders initiative, the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Grant and Minnesota Reading Corps.

The Bookshelf Builders initiative is made possible through a $3,519,751 Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Reading Corps. The grand total for two years has been $6,101,561. Through the initiative, Reading Corps PreK students will receive 20 books to keep, and children in Kindergarten through third grade will receive 8-10 books to keep. Each site will also receive a set of at least 20 grade-appropriate books to keep within the school.

The IAL grant is aimed at developing and improving literacy skills for children in high-need areas, directing resources to communities that need them most such as districts with high poverty rates and/or small rural schools. It supports innovative programs that promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries and media centers as partners to improve literacy.

Reading Corps is an early literacy program that combines the people power of AmeriCorps with data-driven instruction to help children, age 3 to grade 3, become proficient readers by the end of third grade. In addition to book distribution, this grant through IAL will enable Reading Corps to partner with school library personnel to share the program’s current family engagement practices. The two year IAL grant will also fund a pilot for high-need schools and additional research on the model’s effectiveness.

Federal funding from the U. S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service accounts for 100 percent of the total annual cost ($713,000) of the Bookshelf Builders initiative. IAL grants totaling more than $26 million were awarded to 29 grantees focused on improving high-quality literacy programs for children in PreK – 12th grade. Reading & Math, Inc., which manages the Reading Corps program, is one of only three national nonprofits awarded funding through IAL in 2017.

About Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc. was launched in 2014 to implement and replicate evidence-based AmeriCorps programs. By combining the power of national service with research-based and proven strategies, these programs transform academic and employment outcomes for children and adults. Reading Corps helps children, age 3 to grade 3, become proficient in reading, Minnesota Math Corps assists 4th-8th graders in achieving proficiency in math, and Minnesota Opportunity Corps supports adults in reaching economic stability. In addition, Reading & Math, Inc., supports the expansion and replication of Reading Corps across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida, and coordinates with other states interested in scaling these programs to help more children achieve grade-level reading proficiency. Currently, Reading Corps is serving more than 40,000 students in 12 states and Washington, D.C.

 

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