When I first started working with one student, I was told the family didn’t value education. When this student first started in the Reading Corps program, she put ‘McDonalds worker’ down under the ‘future job’ line on the All About Me form, but later in the year, she added that she was interested in being a doctor. I talked with her every day about how important and interesting education and reading were.
She went from saying she ‘couldn’t read’ to saying ‘she could,’ and won the reading certificate for her first grade class at the end of the school year. She loved to read books by spring and increased her reading level by two years.
Throughout the year, she was so excited to bring back her Read At Home folder each day, and reread with me the books the program sent home with her. She ended the year feeling so proud that she could read entire books!