Little Readers Rock (LRR) is focused on promoting high levels of literacy for young children up to third grade by improving their reading skills. Our committee is designed to create excitement in young readers and increase the number of Little Rock students that become competent, grade-level readers by the end of third grade.
“Third Grade marks the point where children shift from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn,’” according to the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade can fall behind and may have trouble comprehending more complicated reading material in academic subjects such as: History, English, Science, and Math word problems. Studies have shown that Arkansas students who fail to achieve this critical milestone are more likely to drop out of high school before earning a diploma. In order to guarantee student success, we must ensure that every student in the Central Arkansas area is a proficient reader by the end of third grade.
According to the 2015 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as “the nation’s report card”, just 31-percent of Arkansas fourth graders are reading proficiently.
In 2017, LRR supplied over 800 books during its spring literacy event. Little Readers Rock is partnered with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (AR-GLR). The Campaign works collaboratively in these four areas to make a meaningful impact: parent and community engagement, school readiness, attendance, and school learning.
LRR’s goal is to provide support, training and materials to Little Rock children. Our committee will host monthly reading days to Kindergarten and First Grade classes at seven Little Rock School District schools. For the 2017-2018 school year, the following schools have been identified as needing additional assistance: Baseline, Chicot, Geyer Springs, Meadowcliff, Romine, Stephens, and Watson. LRR volunteers will donate an hour of their time to read to a classroom of students. At Reading Days, each child will leave with three books to either start or add to their library at home.
On April 28, 2018, LRR will hold its annual literary event in partnership with Arkansas Literary Festival at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library 9:30 am- 2:30 pm. During this event, children will have the opportunity to receive books of their choosing, watch a play, Dorothy in Oz, and listen to storytellers read their favorite books. Children will also engage in organized activities and crafts and indulge in a snack while exploring the library.
Instilling the love for reading is what LRR does best.
Goal: Little Readers Rock is focused on promoting high levels of literacy for young children up to third grade by improving their reading skills.
Little Readers Rock Objectives:
- Increase the number of Little Rock Students to become competent, grade-level readers by the end of third grade.
- Expose low-to-moderate income families to literary and other learning activities.
- Increase book donations to distribute to Little Rock School District students.
- Increase awareness and attendance of Little Readers Rock Literacy Events.