The Faith Alliance has sponsored a free Summer Literacy Program for struggling 1st through 6th grade readers since 2015. The program has served a total of 190 children, from homes with little or no resources, very few books, and many with no technology access. On average, 32 children, in grades 1 through 6, are served each year.
In 2019, two additional classes were added for students through 6th grade for whom English is their second language (ESL). Both programs are designed to help readers from low-income Lakota families to hold or even improve their reading levels over the summer. Traditionally, children experience a summer slide in reading levels and the impact is even more pronounced in low-income families due to lack of resources at home.
Due to COVID-19 constraints in 2020, only 14 students registered for the program. However, the children who attended in 2020 benefited greatly from an adapted program. A tremendous response from donors enabled a special incentive in 2020 of gifting each child who attended and did the work a new Samsung laptop computer along with a Walmart gift card and gift basket!
In partnership with Butler County Success and Lakota Schools, The Faith Alliance has offered this program free of charge to children with the most financial as well as academic need. The overall average success rate of the program is 85 percent. Success is measured by testing before and after the class. The average success rate means that 85 percent of the children participating in the program either have held or advanced their reading levels over the summer months.
For more information or to volunteer, contact: Cathy Borders, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org