Program selling a ‘brick’ to build literacy in Winston County

From press reports

The Citizens Bank and the Winston County Library are selling bricks
in order to support summer literacy for 1st -3rd graders in Winston
County.

And everyone can help. For a minimum donation of $5, everyone can
assist young children with acquiring summer reading materials. With
a donation, magazines like Highlights, National Geographic Kids, and
Sports Illustrated for Kids, will be sent into the homes of children
who might not otherwise have reading materials for the summer.

“During the 1st – 3rd grades children learn to read and from 4th
grade forward children should be reading in order to learn,” stated
Linda Humphries who is heading up the project.

According to the Children’s Reading Foundation, up to half of the
fourth – grade curriculum is incomprehensible to students who read
below that grade level. Three quarters of students who are poor
readers in the third grade will remain poor readers in high school,
according to researchers at Yale University.

Current 2013 legislation is proposing to retain students who are not
reading on level by the third grade.

“Since many young readers in Winston County receive free or reduced
lunches, ( 618 of them are 1st – 3rd graders ) transportation
problems and high fuel costs will keep many of these young students
out of the library this summer,” added Humphries.

In addition, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this
targeted group will lose over 2 months of reading achievement during
the summer months.

“Reading during the summer can make a difference in test scores,
academic performance, and a child’s readiness for the beginning of a
new school year. Please visit Citizens Bank or the Winston County
Library and show support for
our young Winston County readers,” stated Humphries.

For further information contact Linda Humphries at (662 ) 803-4146.
Make checks payable to: LMSD…..Memo: PTO Magazines and mail to:
Louisville Municipal School District, 112 S Columbus Ave.
Louisville, Ms. 39339.