Montgomery Education Foundation launches virtual reading initiative
The Montgomery Education Foundation is partnering with local leaders to promote daily reading among K-8 students.
The campaign, called “MGM Reads 30” is a virtual reading initiative that will encourage families to read for 30 minutes each day by providing students with book kits and producing videos of community leaders reading. The series began Monday.
“The goal of this campaign is to remove the complexity around how we can support students during this time, especially during the summer after distance learning ends,” said Jackie Bretl, program director for the foundation.
Considering the length of time students have been out of the classroom because of the coronavirus pandemic, “It’s important more than ever to do that since a lot of our students have experienced interruptions or gaps in their learning and we don’t know whats going to happen come fall,” Bretl said.
Daily readings by officials, including Mayor Steven Reed and Montgomery Public School Superintendent Ann Roy Moore, will be aired daily on the foundation’s Facebook account, on MGMReads30.com and the city’s TV station, which can be found on Spectrum/Charter Channel 181, WOW Channel 96 and on YouTube at MGMREADS30.
In addition, about 200 book kits will be distributed at summer feeding sites, filled with selected books based on student interest data from MPS that are paired with activities meant to engage students to talk about the content.
“Reading is super-important but also talking about and engaging in what you’re reading is very critical,” Bretl said.
Studies show students who read at least 30 minutes per day display nine times the reading growth and three times the vocabulary growth of students that read less than 20 minutes per day, according to a news release from the Foundation.
“It is our hope that through this partnership thousands of families can have access to books in house and online, the number one determinant of household literacy, as well as adopt an in-house reading time patterned after the virtual readings,” the release stated.
The videos began to air Monday afternoon, with the book kits set to be given out mid-June.
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