BOOKS ALL YEAR
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 the Books All Year program was designed for.
BAW will visit every classroom in 15 strategic partner elementary schools , distribute free books at community events in these schools and provide additional books on the last days of school. In total providing the children in these partner schools with the opportunity to have 8 books in their homes.
Classroom Visits: The school programs are full-school, full-day events where every classroom participates in storytelling, literacy activities and every child goes home with two free books.
Community Events: This format reaches children and families in their school community environment. These events are hosted in collaboration with school events including parent teacher conferences, family literacy nights, holiday celebrations, etc. Every family goes home with 1-2 free books.
Summer Recess Week: Aimed at stopping the summer slide, BAW will distribute two free books to every child during the final weeks of school during school recess blocks.
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 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 curriculum are developed in alignment with inquiry based learning processes.