The funds from the grant will allow DLEC to purchase books for their Raising a Reader Program, a national program that gets families engaged in daily reading through parent training and rotating book bags that children check out each week.
The Raising a Reader program encourages daily “book cuddling,” described by DLEC as follows: “Parents follow the child’s lead and either read or invent a story using the pictures from the book. That way, a book can be shared regardless of the parent’s language or literacy level. Parents learn how to use prediction, open-ended, and leading questions to engage their children. By the end of the program, families sign up for a library card so they can continue with daily reading which will help their children become proficient readers and successful students.”
Beacon Hill International School has been awarded the 2008 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom “MVP Award.” Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle was also honored. Each of the schools will receive $20,000 to be used for a particular program. In Beacon Hill’s case, it is a community literacy program, “tailored to the unique multicultural needs of the school’s students and families.” Funds will be used to buy language materials, and events such as Family Literacy Nights are planned to help empower parents to take part in their children’s development of literacy and their academic growth and success.