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Major Darren Ivey of KCPD – Working with students who have experienced trauma

This Reader training resource is great for all Readers, all adults who work with children who have experienced trauma. Thanks for such fantastic community partners who help us provide and produce materials like this for our volunteers!

 


Lead to Read KC Receives Independent 501c3 Designation

Dear Community Partner:

We are pleased to announce that Lead to Read KC has received its own 501c3 designation, positioning us to even better serve Kansas City students who are living in compromised socioeconomic situations. Lead to Read KC will be expanding its board of directors to guide us in raising funds and developing our organization so that we can maximize our service to Kansas City children. lead to read kc, kansas city literacy, mentoring kansas city
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Recently, Lead to Read KC was among the literacy organizations that helped Kansas City earn The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s “All-American City Award” for its efforts to improve early literacy, an initiative promoted by Turn the Page KC.

 

 

Lead to Read KC began its reading crusade six years ago; we have served more than 2,000 students and engaged thousands of adults in improving third grade literacy. Working with limited funds and staffing, Lead to Read KC has been the boots on the ground in the city-wide effort to improve reading skills in our urban core. And along the way, we have developed a volunteer organization that has endeared itself to dozens of businesses and organizations in Kansas City.

Our commitment is real, our success is remarkable and with your help, our possibilities are endless!

 

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Thank you for your ongoing support of Lead to Read KC. 

Together we are creating a community of readers, one lunch hour at a time.


More Tips for Readers

We’ve been connecting with our teachers to get some feedback on strategies to best engage their students during our reading sessions.  Below are the tips shared by a first grade teacher at Garfield.   For the “animal name” strategies not all teachers use the animal names but most do teach the strategies. So for instance for “Skippy Frog”, the Reader could say, “Why don’t you try to skip that word. Read to the end of the sentence and then try the word again.”   These should give some ideas that will help with the kids.

Reading Strategies for Solving Words:

  • Eagle Eye- Look at the picture. Use the beginning letter of the word to make sense of it.
  • Lips the Fish- Get your mouth ready. Say the first sound.
  • Stretchy Snake- Slooooowly stretch each letter sound together.
  • Chunky Monkey- Break the word into chunks you know/look for parts you know.     c ar t     fl at    walk ing
  • Tryin’ Lion- Try to re-read the sentence. Think about what word would make sense.
  • Skippy Frog- Skip the tricky word. Read to the end of the sentence. Go back & try the word again.
  • Flippy Dolphin- Flip the vowel sound. If the short vowel sound doesn’t work try the long vowel sound.

Comprehension Strategies

Check For Understanding:

  • Start the book by making predictions. What do you think will happen in this story? Use the book cover or take a quick “picture walk” through the illustrations.
  • Ask questions and make comments during the reading process.
  • After reading a book, have your child tell you the events from the story in the correct order.
  • What was the problem in this story?
  • How did the character feel when…?
  • What was the main idea?
  • Encourage your child to make connections. Does this story remind you of another book you read, an event in your life, or a movie you have seen?
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Local News: 2015 Volunteers in Lead to Read program take lunch hour to share a love of reading!

This year we’ve connected with Alliance for Economic Inclusion.  “FDIC’s national initiative to establish broad-based coalitions of financial institutions, community-based organizations and other partners in several markets across the country to bring all unbanked and underserved populations into the financial mainstream.” (read more here)  As this group has grown they’ve realized that education, chiefly reading, is a critical juncture for everything.  So we, along with many other organizations in the city, have come together to have dialogue and collaborate.  At a meeting in December we connected with Lindsey Foat, Reporter for KCPT & The Hale Center for Journalism.  This spring she approached us about featuring Lead to Read as a way of spreading the word about what we’re doing.  Of course, we loved the idea!  

We are excited to watch the story being told…and shared.  Take a moment and watch the video here and then even more importantly share it with someone.  We have a big vision, a big goal….5000 kids, that means we need 5000+ Readers…you can help us get there!

 


Leadership from Burns and McDonnell

imageIts always about leadership.  Two leaders who work at Burns and McDonnell, Doug Dietrich and Tom Anderson took the first step, engaging with some hungry readers in KC’s urban core with Lead to Read KC last school year.
Tom Anderson heard about Lead to Read at his church and he started reading at the Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA).   Dietrich learned about Lead to Read while traveling from Boise Idaho to Kansas City on an airplane.  His destiny was to sit down beside Jean Rundle, founder of the program. The rest is history.   After getting the scoop from Jean he joined Tom at AFIA in the spring of 2013.

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Their leadership paved the way for  this year’s  volunteers from Burns and McDonnell  to take on Lead to Read in a big way.  Sept 11,  over 60 potential readers heard the Lead to Read story  at Burns and McDonnell HQ in KC. Over 50 READERS will join the team and start reading at Boone Elementary in early October, 2013.  Thanks to Tom and Doug for leading the way.


Why Lead to Read?

 

Why Lead to Read?

We started Lead to Read because we believe the single most important issue facing Kansas City is that an alarming number of children are growing up in this city without the ability to read. The graduation rates at our local inner city high schools reflect this reality. The percentage of students who drop out of high school between the 9th and 10th grade reflect this reality. The challenges facing the neighborhoods across the city as a result of crimes committed by teenagers reflect this reality.

 

The reality is, if you are in the 9th grade, but can’t read at the 9th grade level, but are stuck at a 3rd or 4th grade reading level, you can’t advance to get that valuable high school degree, the ticket to meaningful employment and/or vocational training or a college degree.

 

What will change the game for Kansas City? Increasing the number of students who actually make it through high school and have an opportunity to become contributors. That’s a fact. With a massive engagement in Lead to Read from the community… we can change the game. Please join us in reading at a local elementary school near you.

 

Gratefully:

 

Lynn and Jean Rundle