September is Basic Education & Literacy Month
Metro Rotary’s partnership with Columbia Public Schools is a point of great pride. For over 15 years, our members have volunteered in CPS Title I classrooms throughout the district. A few weeks ago, we heard Nicole Langston, Director of the CPS Title I program speak about the importance of high-quality early learning 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 moves on a 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 emphasis 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 learners 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. Those who visit the classrooms have a unique and personally rewarding opportunity to help these children begin on a path toward success. Our members are making a difference in the lives of these children.
If you haven’t volunteered for this experience, please strongly consider the opportunity. More readers are always welcomed and appreciated – and it’s a fun way to spend an hour a week!