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Board of Justice Outreach and Service:
The focus and goals of these programs is to improve the reading, writing, and spelling abilities of children in our community. The BJOS has selected 3 programs to support.
Enhance literacy of Habitat Home Recipient’s Children
The Triangle Literacy Council provides books that are age, and gender appropriate and are given to the children at the Habitat dedication of their new home. Each child receives 10 books. Studies show that children who have their own books are more likely to improve their reading skills especially during the summer months when schools are not in session.
Involvement with the School Reading Partner Program
UCCH members and friends have the chance to volunteer their time as readers to students in K, 1st , and 2nd grade in the public school system. Readers are asked to dedicate 1 hour of time once or twice a week throughout the school year. A 2 hour training is required before getting assigned to a school.
Fund the Training of St. Augustine Literacy Program Participants
This program is designed to improve the reading abilities of children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. Studies have shown that children do not outgrow poor reading. A child who is a poor reader in 3rd grade will still be a poor reader in 9th grade. This is especially true for children with learning disabilities since it is known that 50% of these children will leave school without a diploma. Volunteer tutors are required to receive 70 hours of training before being assigned a student.