ReadOKC program results in impressive statistics
December 28, 2020
ReadOKC is a reading program launched by the OKCPS Compact and led/managed by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, along with a group of district leaders and community volunteers.
The statistics in each of ReadOKC’s key pillars are impressive.
Nearly 40,000 students have participated and logged 16,500,000 reading minutes during school break reading challenges launched in Summer 2017.
There are 45 Little Free Libraries installed and stocked with books outside of schools and in city parks to provide access to reading 24/7.
A new program called ReadOKC On the Go! is in the works to retrofit two OKCPS school buses into book mobiles. These buses will reach students at school and throughout the community.
And, more than 500 volunteer Reading Buddies have been trained and deployed to read to and mentor students either in the classroom or virtually since remote learning started with the pandemic.
Impressive as these data points are, the numbers don’t tell the personal stories of the way ReadOKC is making a difference in the lives of students.
An 11-year-old OKCPS student shared recently that when she started kindergarten she didn’t speak English. She credits her mom, teachers, books and ReadOKC with helping her become an honor student in middle school.
She was recognized as a reading challenge top reader during third grade and says it was the first time she’d ever been recognized for anything. The pride she felt from her family and principal, and the pride she felt in herself, made her decide that she would put goals in her life.
In her words, “Thank you ReadOKC for allowing me to be confident and enjoy the love of reading.”
This student went on to share that her family has struggled during the pandemic. Her mom contracted COVID-19 and lost her job and two of her family members lost their lives. A sobering reminder that this virus touches everyone. Her message also serves as inspiration that we can all learn from the spirit and will of our children.
Read Mary Mélon's original Oklahoman editorial.