June 27, 2017

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership Hosts its First-Ever Summer Community Literacy School

“A student who is low-income and can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school with their peers.” ~ Reading Results

Reading is fundamental to success and happiness, and one of the goals of Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership is to help students who are struggling to learn to read. That’s why we are partnering with local non-profit Reading Results to host a summer community literacy school. This is a first-time event for us, and we’re very excited about the possibilities.

Students from Irvington Elementary, Boise-Elliott, King, and Sabin schools will join the I AM Learning Partnership and Reading Results for a six-week summer school program this summer. The program is offered to community families at no charge. Targeting 30 first and second-grade students who are not meeting Oregon state benchmarks, the summer literacy school will provide individual literacy support.

Kate DeGraw, Arnerich Massena’s community service coordinator, remarks, “The new partnership between the I AM Learning Partnership and non-profit Reading Results means that we can reach more students and develop a curriculum to meet individual student needs. Each student will receive very focused literacy intervention.”

Reading Results partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program. “We want to provide extra support to these students to make sure they are ready to go when school starts in the fall,” says Jennifer Samuels, executive director of Reading Results. “We’ll provide individualized reading instruction using a lesson plan designed to address any gaps in their knowledge and also to capitalize on the things they are good at.”

Reading Results evaluates children’s “opportunity gap” with individual assessments that make it possible to personalize curriculum. They will also conduct a final assessment at the end of the program to provide a report to the students’ principals and the school district. The goal is to show major gains in literacy.

Samuels adds, “It’s very exciting when multiple organizations align their services to support students to be great readers. That’s why we’re here.”

We look forward to providing updates on the program as it proceeds – stay tuned for more!

For more information about Reading Results, visit https://readingresultspdx.org/

For more information about Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership, visit http://arnerichmassena.com/community-service/