• Reading Becomes a Family Affair at St. Louis Public Schools

    By Missouri Humanities Council | Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 02:34 PM

    Taller tales will now be told in St. Louis Public School families after the Read from the Start program holds several sessions for parents of young children across the district.

    “I learned that reading is not just something to be pushed on kids, but to be shared with them,” said one St. Louis Public School parent after attending a program.

    Read from the Start, provided statewide by the Missouri Humanities Council, is a free family reading instructional program for parents of children birth to five-years-old. Facilitated by a certified discussion leader, participants learn the importance of reading one-on-one with their child and techniques to make reading more interactive and exciting. Research shows that children who are read to regularly from birth to age five enter school better prepared to learn.

    Each participant receives seven free children's books to take home.

    Funding for all the programs was possible through a generous grant of $15,000 from PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., to bring Read from the Start specifically to St. Louis Public Schools preschools and Head Start families. PNC is one of the United States' largest diversified financial services organizations. They also support a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Since 2010, PNC has committed more than $3 million to greater St. Louis organizations that support early childhood education.

    Eleven St. Louis Public Schools with preschools or Head Start programs are hosting the free, two-part program during the spring semester. Held at the schools, Read from the Start is designed to be as convenient to parents as possible. The schools are encouraged to host up to two programs a year to reach a wide variety of families.

    The schedule of upcoming programs is as follows:

    ·         April 9 & April 16: Woodward Elementary School, 10 a.m.

    ·         April 10: Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy, 8:15 a.m.

    ·         April 15 & April 29: Stix Early Childhood Center

    ·         April 17 & April 24: Laclede Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten, 2 p.m.

    ·         May 13 & May 27: Froebel Literacy Academy, 9:30 a.m.

    Schools to already host Read for the Start include:

    ·         - Columbia Elementary School

    ·         - Laclede Elementary School

    ·         - Hodgen College Bound Academy

    ·         - Buder Elementary School

    ·         - Ashland Elementary School

    ·         - Monroe Elementary School

    Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 02:34 PM | Tags: Banking , Books , Business , Education , Non-Profits , Philanthropy , Schools