NHBW NEWSBITES | Issue 1
Did you know… Twenty-six percent of children were read to three or four times a week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. (RIF)
Did you know… Families play an important role in their children’s reading success. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average is 46 points below the national average.
53% 53% of African American 4th grade students scored below the “Basic” level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests (NCES, 2009).
$2 Billion More than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
FOR MORE INFORMATION National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org/aari) AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN
Reading for Life From birth, the need to tell stories are inherent. Parents tell stories about families and the world they live in. These stories, as well as childhood myths and fables have helped children to grow and develop. Most importantly, it has helped develop the foundation of reading. This foundation helps build basic speech skills, better communication, logical thinking, and prepares the foundation for academic excellence in formal education. Since 2010, NHBW, Inc. has been on a mission to attack the systemic reading epidemic by being a resource for children starting at an early age. By placing books in every home and supporting parents as the child’s first and most important teacher, we will promote the child’s successful transition into the educational school system. Reading is Fundamental (RIF) states “One of the most effective approaches to helping young children develop literacy skills is having a home environment that supports literacy”.1 Through workshops, NHBW, Inc. continues to provide parents and guardians with the tools necessary to create an effective enviroment. To support this cause, NHBW, Inc. accepts monetary and book donations through its national office and local chaper affiliates. Each year, the Reading for Life Laps for Literacy Fundraising Event brings communities together to support the organization through monetary pledges and local book drives. For more information visit www.nhbwinc.com/laps.html.
African American Read-In NHBW, Inc. local chapters and individual members everywhere are being asked to read and organize friends, family, and others to read on college campuses, in other organizations, at places of worship or anywhere in their community. The Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE are urging interested citizens and organizations to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In.
During the month of February, NHBW, Inc. will host various events in respective cities encouraging all to pick up a book and read.