Did you know that a child's education begins before they even start their first day of school? Or that early education in the home and during the first years of formal schooling has a measurable and lasting impact in the child's life and the community?
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|"The kids were all so excited when I told them that I had a book for each of them...that they could keep. One little boy was so grateful that he wanted to give me a hug before I got out of the room. Thanks for your support of this great program." Of course, we were excited when a Real Men Read MENtor told us this after his recent time in a classroom. Real Men Read is bringing a real love of reading to Spencer Owen Community Schools kindergarteners.|
In fact, building strong literacy skills during this time is crucial to a child's future school success. That's why we have partnered with Duke Energy to launch Real Men Read at Spencer-Owen Community Schools and Richland Bean Blossom Community Schools.
Real Men Read is a volunteer-driven program that brings male mentors from the community into kindergarten classrooms to read a book once a month for five months. The kindergarteners receive a book during each visit to build their own home libraries and share with their families. The intangible benefits are even greater. Since men tend to be seen as less involved in elementary education, spending time sharing books with a male role model allows all children to connect with the world of reading in a new and special way and encourages boys to see reading as something that guys enjoy too.
Kindergarten is a great access point for early intervention among struggling emergent readers. For children who do not come from literacy-rich homes or attend preschool programs, it may be their first substantial exposure to the building blocks of reading. United Way is proud to provide extra opportunities for all children to spend time in positive, nurturing learning environments. We look forward to Real Men Read being a valuable addition to our early education initiatives and to the partnership and collaboration that continue to grow in Owen and Monroe counties.
Do you want to strengthen education in our community?
Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to earn success in college or career.