September is Basic Education & Literacy Month
For over 15 years, Metro has enjoyed its Partner in Education relationship with the Columbia Public Schools. Last month, we heard Nicole Langston, Director of the CPS Title I program speak about the importance of high-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. In fact, 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. Numerous Metro Rotarians regularly donate 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. If you haven’t volunteered for this experience, please strongly consider the opportunity. More readers are always welcomed and appreciated.