Access to Books
Providing access to a wide range of grade-level books for students so they can build at home libraries and engage in reading more often. Children learn to read by reading daily.
Strategy: Build classroom libraries and implement the Vello Program into primary grades.
Unfortunately, socioeconomic factors can lead to tremendous disparities in community schools. Quite often, these schools have far fewer books and many teachers end up purchasing books themselves in an attempt to level the playing field for their students. Before a classroom library was made available, students received 30 minutes of reading time per week. After a classroom library has been implemented, students receive 60 minutes per day of reading time.