INTHE CLASSROOM

THE CHALLENGE

Poor children who fail to read proficiently by third grade are six times more likely to not graduate high school (Annie E. Casey Foundation). In RI, 75% of economically disadvantaged third graders are reading below grade-level and approximately 60% have no age appropriate books in their home.

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE

Creating platforms and opportunities for children to be exposed to and enthralled by books is key to changing the crippling effects of poverty on literacy. This is exactly what Books Are Wings’ School and Early Learning programs are designed to do. BAW will visit your classroom, where students will participates in storytime and literacy activities and go home with two free books. Early learning programs are designed for the younger child, birth to five years old. These programs are aligned to RI Early Learning Development Standards and occur in Head Starts, daycares and community centers. In 2016-2017 school year, BAW will provide 38 book parties in Title I communities to reach approximately 15,000 children.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Integrated Health/Wellness Book Party
Our Integrated Health/Wellness book party programs are full-school, full-day events where every student participates in storytelling, hands on activities and goes home with two free books to keep. Topics include healthy living, the importance of physical fitness, nutrition and self-care. The curriculum for our Health/Wellness book party program is a collaboration between Books Are Wings and Lonice Thomas,MD, Pediatrician at the Providence Health Center.

STEM
STEM book party programs are full-school, full-day events where every student participates in storytelling, hands on activities and goes home with two free books to keep. Read aloud stories and activities are centered on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These program curriculums are developed in alignment with inquiry based learning processes.

For more information about having Books Are Wings in your classroom contact Jocelynn White, Director jwhite@booksarewings.org