Love4Literacy Improves Reading and Writing Skills

With only 64% of students being able to read at grade level, this program seeks to alleviate the disparity.

In partnership with the Santa Clara County Library District and the City of San Jose, participants in this program explore everything libraries have to offer.

With a special focus on reading and writing, since these skills can greatly impact a child’s future.

Students are recruited from schools and other agencies, such as other local non-profits like Sunday Friends Foundation, which uplifts low-income families.

BATA staff conduct presentations to encourage the students to join, and the students come from diverse backgrounds, including different schools and communities. In the programs, they are able to interact as one!

With help from the Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG), students are given full access to the local library, where they can sign up for library cards and access other resources.

Resources available are not limited to the library. BATA staff are available to connect families with resources for any type of need, including housing, food and more.

For instance, if a family needs help obtaining housing, BATA can reach out to partner organizations such as the Bill Wilson Center, which offers rapid rehousing, and others throughout the region to assist.

If food is needed, BATA can connect the participant and their family to food kitchens.

The foundation of the program targets building skills for impacted youth.

Students typically pick out books to read, and then talk about what they read amongst their peers, discussion-style.

They also have the chance to complete fun daily activities such as “readathons”. Where, if they get involved, they win prizes.

Students are also able to make their own books, which are laminated and bound for them!

There is also a skill portion involved, which builds upon Common Core State Standards and hones the students’ competency in reading comprehension and effective writing.

Finally, at the end of the program, students usually receive free backpacks filled with useful school supplies to take home as a memento.

Your donation makes it possible to give the gift of reading and writing literacy to a child who might not otherwise get that gift.

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