NC READS

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR :: Isaac Ridgeway

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The NC Reads initiative targets reading support to preschoolers and elementary students across the state.

The NC Reads initiative has four goals:

  • ensure that preschool and elementary students have books to read at home;
  • engage schools and community service organizations in collecting books or funding for books to donate to elementary and preschool children; and
  • provide an online resource to easily connect volunteers and donors to local literacy programs.
  • promote regular attendance at school

All North Carolinians can play a role in developing a state of readers. NC Reads highlights community book donation programs and connects donors to local opportunities with the goal of providing every preschooler and elementary school student with books in their homes so that they learn the joy of reading from an early age.

Attendance Matters

Poor attendance is an alarming, largely overlooked problem that is preventing too many children from having an opportunity to learn and succeed. Nationwide, as many as one out of 10 students are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of school days, or nearly a month. Chronic absence, or missing just 2-3 days every month, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school.

The good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve. While addressing some attendance barriers—such as health, poor transportation, and unstable housing—can require longer-term strategies, everyone can make a difference by helping student and families understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever possible is critical to realizing their hopes and dreams. Too often, we don’t realize how quickly absences add up: Missing just two days every month can cause a child to fall behind.  

See the Attendance Awareness Month page for resources that everyone —districts, schools, preschools, public agencies, community organizations, faith-based institutions, elected officials, businesses and parents themselves—can use to help spread the word about this important issue.

For more information, please contact Isaac Ridgeway.