Wednesday May 10, 2006
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) Superintendent Stephen Daeschner, and Greater Louisville Inc., President Joe Reagan today honored five local elementary schools for having the largest number of Every 1 Reads volunteers in the school system.
The city, JCPS and GLI launched Every 1 Reads in 2004 to increase reading skills. The goal is to have all students reading at or above grade level by 2008. The program utilizes volunteers to work individually with students who may need extra assistance. In one school year, the percentage of JCPS students scoring at the “novice” reading level has decreased from 14.4% to 12.4%, meaning more students are reading on grade level.
Today’s special recognition took place at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary, one of the top Every 1 Reads schools. This school year, 78 volunteers from Hilliard Lyons each donated 30 minutes each week to work with struggling readers at Roosevelt-Perry.
“These volunteers are leading examples of how a few minutes a week can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child,” Abramson said. “The one-on-one attention raises test scores and self confidence.”
The other schools with the highest number of volunteers include: Cochran, Field, Semple and St. Matthews elementaries. The schools account for about 500 of the 4,769 trained volunteers in the school system. To recognize the hard work of the volunteers, community partners and school staff, Abramson presented each school with a copy of the children’s book, “The Giving Tree” for the school library.
“Our success is not possible without the help of our community,” Daeschner said. “We are grateful to Hilliard Lyons and the generous gift of their time and talents to Roosevelt-Perry. They are the perfect example of how schools and students benefit when the community is actively engaged in our classrooms.”
The community has provided $5.5 million to help fund the Every 1 Reads initiative. The goal is to raise $8 million and recruit an additional 5,000 volunteers.
“It’s our hope that more businesses will get involved with Every 1 Reads,” Reagan said. “The program is an investment in this community’s future and Louisville’s future workforce.”
For more information about volunteering or the Every 1 Reads program, visit LouisvilleKy.gov or MetroCall 311.