We know sturdy studying expertise are an important element to education. However, latest stories present many college students throughout Oklahoma and tens of millions throughout the U.S. are falling behind in this essential space attributable to COVID-related college closures and digital studying.
In truth, testing reveals greater than half of first- and second-grade college students in Oklahoma public colleges started this college 12 months labeled as “at risk” in studying and the variety of college students discovered to be proficient or superior noticed important decreases in each grade degree.
According to a latest report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), youthful college students and college students attending high-poverty (Title I) colleges noticed among the largest declines.
We understand it’s extra vital than ever to get books into the arms of scholars throughout Oklahoma and the U.S. That’s why Feed the Children is distributing greater than 275,000 books throughout National Reading Month (March). We are excited to ship books to varsities in Title I colleges in rural Oklahoma, in addition to to further Title I colleges and group companions throughout the nation. In complete, 13 truckloads of books valued at greater than $4 million might be distributed throughout this initiative.
Academically, youngsters who will not be studying on grade degree by the top of third grade battle in each class, 12 months after 12 months as a result of issues with this talent can intrude with college students’ capacity to be taught different topics as they make their approach by way of later grades. Reading additionally has speedy and long-lasting well being advantages equivalent to elevated cognitive operate, reminiscence, vocabulary and decreased ranges of stress.
We know good studying habits can result in tutorial success, and we’re proud to be working with colleges and companions throughout the nation to get books into the arms of youngsters. Last fiscal 12 months, we partnered with greater than 200 nonprofits, together with dozens of faculties throughout Oklahoma to assist education efforts and ease the burden of each dad and mom and educators.
National Reading Month was designed to encourage Americans of all ages to learn each day, in addition to interact with youngsters to make studying a extra enjoyable and interactive expertise. I problem you to learn or share a e-book along with your little one, grandchild, niece, nephew or neighbor. You’ll be making a distinction not solely in their lives, but in addition in your personal.
Travis Arnold serves as president and CEO of Feed the Children.