Girls Inc. offers two literacy programs: Rally for Reading and Seeds to Read. The Rally for Reading program began in 2015 through funding from the Kellogg Foundation and takes place at Heston Elementary and F. Amadee Bregy Elementary. This program is designed for girls in kindergarten through the third grade to help increase literacy rates, testing scores, and foster a lifelong love of reading. The program inspires children to use reading as a tool to discover new interests and encourages deeper examination of the world around them through books.
The Seeds to Read program, funded by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, began during the spring of 2017 at the Bayard Taylor School. The program provides one-on-one reading support to kindergarten and first grade students participating in the American Reading Company’s 100 book challenge. Our bi-lingual staff provide literacy support to Spanish-speaking ESL students. To date, over 274 children have benefited from our literacy initiative at the three sites, and over 1,200 total individuals will be impacted with hosted literacy book fairs and family engagement events at the Bayard Taylor School, the Edward T. Steel School, the Dr. Ethel D. Allen School, the Joseph Pennell School, the Prince Hall School, and the William Dick School.
Our literacy program is school-based; we offer our program both during and after school, at the convenience of the school, participants, and their families so that all parties may receive the most beneficial results possible.
Participants in the program also benefit from the support of adult literacy mentors or “Book Buddies”. These adult volunteers may participate in read-out loud activities, working with flash cards or play reading games, right in participants’ schools.