Read to succeed literacy program

Dennis Kear, executive director of the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, shows what the students in the Read to Succeed program receive for being a participates Friday in the Literacy Center. Students, who are helped by volunteers in the program to reach and stay on track of their reading level, are given drawstring bags with books. 

The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center is organizing volunteers to help 4th graders at Timmerman Elementary School in Emporia to read once a week to improve their reading fluency.

“Specifically, there’s a national interest in kids achieving third grade reading by the end of third grade,” said Dennis Kear, executive director of the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center at Emporia State. “And statistics are that if kids aren’t reading at a third-grade level by ten, when they leave third grade, chances increase exponentially that they will be dropouts in high school, perform poor in academics and that leads to lower job skills, lower employment levels, lower income.”

The program began Jan. 16 and will end April 26, according to the ESU website. Appropriate level books are already selected and the volunteer listens to the student read and helps them with unknown words.

“It’s a very low-cost program. Our expenses are just a spring. With our love. Leather seats. We have a partnership with the important public library Where we go on. What we have are our Kansas Masonic Literacy Center library card. Just like you would ever our own library card way. Get the check books out for six weeks,” Kear said.

The principal and the teachers were excited that we’re going to return to it, and we only work for third graders last year and this year they wanted second, third and fourth graders, so that’s question what we’re doing and of the teachers. Measure the kids spreading levels and their fluency levels at the beginning of the program will do that same measurement at the end.

There is still a need for volunteers to help.

“People can contact us if they want to volunteer,” Kear said. “There’s always a need for volunteers. Although we have volunteers, we have students. And staff, Some Kansas Masons from the area. Mason’s wives that borrowing the Eastern Star. So, it kind of a broad section of people that volunteered.”

“We got the names of the kids from school, what they’re reading levels,” Kear said. “We went online, found appropriate books. And we checked that, too. Books for every one of the thirty kids that are working dinner being helped in the school and then three recruited volunteers.”

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