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"LITERACY WORKS" -PARENT WORKSHOPS
In 2014-15 academic year workshops were held only twice a year.
In the 2018-19 academic year parents attended 6-8 workshops at all 11 schools to learn how to read to and with their child. Workshop attendance has increased by 50%.
LIFE and the educational staff celebrate the students and their parents achievements at the end of year workshop "Stop the Summer Slide"
"1-2-3 BOOKS IN THE HOME LENDING LIBRARY"- READING AT HOME
In 2014, No books were lent to students to take home to read.
In 2019, 2-5 books in the home: 70% of students have books in the home at any one time and are reading during the week and on weekends.
LIFE CELEBRATES IMPROVEMENT IN READING LEVELS
Over 500 students participate in LIFE's literacy enhancing models.
63 students have graduated from LIFE's intervention program.
50% of underperforming students at one school have graduated from LIFE's programs and have been mainstreamed back to their grade level.
After only 1 year in LIFE's program, 70-80% of previously underperforming grade 1 students are now reading at or above grade level.
"Sing Talk And Read "(STAR) Program:
LIFE serves 5 pre-K & K schools, creating a model that helps parents to engage with their child at an early age by positive talk, reading and singing, and exposing them to an environment that fosters neurolinguistic skills and literacy. 150 students participate in the STAR program.
Literacy Teams at each of 6 Primary schools
Each Literacy Team (ABOVE) consists of teachers, a guidance counselor and a Family Navigator working on behalf of students and parents who struggle with reading on grade level.
NEW - 6 LIFE Family Navigators in 6 schools:
Family Navigators serve as a liaison between the parents and the teacher focusing on increasing parental involvement in their child's educational experiences. They communicate with and organize parents to attend workshops and meetings.
(ABOVE) Family Navigator distributes books to students in "1-2-3 Books in the Home Lending Library" program.
Lack of attendance contributes to students not achieving literacy. LIFE helps parents and family members understand the literacy benefits of their child attending school regularly and being on time.
For 5 years, a LIFE volunteer has worked with the attendance team at 2 middle schools in East Harlem to decrease absenteeism and tardiness in "It's Never Too Late" program.
LIFE celebrated 20 students who had 100% attendance and their parents (ABOVE)
Starting with only 30 students in 2017-18, the STAR program has 50 students in 2018-19.
80% of their parents participate in the "1-2-3 Books in the Home Lending Library" program. 100% of students who graduated from pre-K & K and their parents participated in LIFE's "Stop the Summer Slide" program