Summer reading programs for young readers and their parents-- even volunteer reading mentors will be offered through the United Way's Reading Great by Eight Literacy Initiative.
Warren City Schools is among the districts that will utlize the additional programming to help students turn the page on their reading abilities.
Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee
mandates all third graders pass a state test to enter the fourth grade and the district is tracking the progress of their students as they near the requirement by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
A minimum score on the state reading test must be earned for student to move on from third to fourth grade.
Warren Superintendent Michael Notar tells 21 News that this will help families with children who need support boosting their reading skills.
Assessments are given to students throughout the school year to monitor reading levels.
"We have a lot of interventions for students who didn't reach the fall benchmark, so we have some interventions taking place and our teachers are working hard to get those students up to that grade level by the end of the year," Notar says.
Notar says the summer programs will help parents in his district and foresees the district incorporating additional programming through the United Way's efforts in the future.
The ABC Reading Ready program through the United Way's initative involves the entire family. During the summer months, parents and children in grades K-2 will meet once a week for two hours over the course of four weeks. Parents will learn techniques to help their children practice reading.
Students will be selected to participate in the Ready, Set, Go program at the end of the second grade. The two-week course will be conducted by certified teachers.
Members of the Warren Junior Women's League and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers will collect books suitable for children in grades K-2 for Literacy Kits. The kits will be passed out to students at McGuffy School in Warren.