According to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, “Students who do not read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.” Among people between the ages of 18 and 24, high school dropouts were more than twice as likely as college graduates to live in poverty, according to the U. S. Department of Education. Even more troubling, incarceration rates among young adults without a high school diploma were 63 times higher than among college graduates, according to a study by researchers at Northeastern University.

The talented educators at Southern Boone Primary School are painfully aware of these sobering statistics, and they’ve dedicated themselves to doing all they can to give their students the best chance to succeed. These professionals work tirelessly to improve childhood literacy via Title I and Reading Recovery programs, one-on-one classroom instruction, small group reading instruction, the Book Swap program, and Family Reading Night, in addition to encouraging parents to read with their children at home and coordinating the Reading Mentors program.

~ Find out more in today’s Journal ~

By Travis Naughton