September is Basic Education & Literacy Month
One of our weekly presenters last month was Mary Rook, director of the Columbia Public Schools Federal Title I preschool program. Mary has been a long time friend and partner with Metro Rotary.
In her presentation, she discussed the importance of quality early experiences for children and how those experiences influence their future success in school and in life. Literacy skills in particular are vitally important to that success. The lack of reading proficiency by 3rd grade is often used as a predictor of the trajectory for the future life experiences for a child, including whether or not that child migrates on path toward a successful career or incarceration.
Rotary International designates September as basic education and literacy month. Our club can certainly be proud of the efforts it has placed and continues to place in this area of service. Columbia Metro has been a partner in education with the CPS Title I program for over 13 years, with several Rotarians donating their time to read and communicate with our youngest citizens in their classrooms on a weekly basis. Repeated opportunities to practice communicating are vitally important for these young children in developing literacy skills, especially for many of them who may lack such support and stability at home.
We have a unique and personally rewarding opportunity to help these children begin on a path toward success. More volunteer readers are always welcome.