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Community Members and Community Organizations

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a popular proverb with a clear message: the whole community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people. Parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs.

 

Community Members/Community Organizations can help students be more successful when they:

·         Encourage students to go to school every day. Starting in the early grades, the percentage of students missing 10 percent of the school year can reach remarkably high levels, and these early absences can rob students of the time they need to develop literacy skills. Kindergarteners who miss 10 percent of school days have lower academic performance when they reach first grade.

·         Ask students about their work in school. Ask them what they are reading, what they are doing to be successful each day, or how they are performing in school. Your interest in a student’s school work shows them their work is important and that they matter to others.

·         Mentor or tutor a child in your local school district.

·         Support organized activities for students outside of school.

·         Establish a book club.Select a book and encourage others in your church or organization to read the book with you. Have a time to meet and discuss the book.

·         Organize a book drive. Ask members of your church or group to donate new or gently used books. Give these books to elementary aged children. Help each child begin a personal library.

·         Create opportunities for students to read outside of school. Ask students to read out loud individually or together as a group during club or church meetings. Churches can encourage students to read during the worship service, Sunday School, Children’s Worship or other weeknight events.

·         Encourage students to visit the local library. Take students from your organization on a library field trip. Let students see you use your library card to check out books that are of interest to you. Some students may not have library cards of their own. Community groups can assist students in getting a library card of their own.

·         Develop and support early childhood programs. Research shows that learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants soak up words, rhymes, songs, and images. As early as 18 months, low-income children begin to fall behind in vocabulary development and other skills critical for school success. Parents play an enormous role in closing this gap, as do daycare providers, pediatricians, preschools programs, and the broader community. Church daycare providers play a vital role in the development of early reading skills.

Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future.

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