If you could instill in a child one trait to last a lifetime, what would that be? If you're like most parents, you would probably put intelligence at the top of the list. I don't know anyone who doesn't want smart, bright children. And realize this, there is one common denominator among the smartest and brightest kids...their ability to read and to comprehend.
As parents, we have the power to boost a child's learning potential simply by making books an important part of their lives. There is research that shows kids have a much better chance of being successful if they are reading at, or above, grade level by the time they finish third grade.
In Cape, a United Way program called Read to Succeed has paired volunteers to work with students to help develop that solid reading foundation. For the past three years they have grown the program and are seeing great results. 95% of the kids are seeing success.
This year the need for volunteers is even more. If you can provide your time to work with kindergarten and first graders, please consider contacting the United Way or contact your local school and ask if they have a similar program. If you have a child in your life, simply make time to read with them. The gift of literacy is one that will last for a lifetime, and one that will always be remembered.
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