On May 30, SRQ Media representatives joined volunteers at Alta Vista Elementary School to read and present books to students as part of Goodwill Manasota’s Good Reader’s literacy program. We are thrilled to be part of Goodwill’s Good Reader’s program”, said Ashley Grant, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at SRQ Media. “Reading is the gateway to opportunity in every area of life. By encouraging children to read, this program provides them with skills that will serve them in whatever they choose to do. To be able to communicate the value of reading with the children of Alta Vista Elementary is a joy and privilege and we applaud Goodwill Manasota on creating this beneficial program for our youth.”
Grant along with SRQ Summer Intern Associates, Stephany Vasquez and Victoria Jones read the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Pen, a story written to reassure children who confront difficult situations, to several 2nd grade classes. The children were enthusiastic and engaged and after the readings, each one received a book and a sticker in the shape of a heart placed in their palm to remind them to persevere though challenging times.
The program’s mission is to engage students and help develop a love for reading while improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. Ninety-four percent of Alta Vista Elementary students are living in households that are below the poverty line, and the Good Readers program can provide additional support and assistance. “We are so thankful to all our volunteers who are just as passionate about helping educationally at-risk students as we are,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota “Community Partners like the SRQ Media Group can help us make a difference in this community-it is the greatest weapon between success and failure–between economic vitality and prosperity.”
Research has shown that reading is the single most important activity for literacy development and critically linked to children’s later success. Unfortunately, poverty and literacy are closely connected and parents raising children in poverty are less likely to buy or have access to books and more likely to have limited literacy skills themselves.