Local Literacy Programs Receive National Honors

WAKE Up and Read and Chatham Reads recognized
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Photo courtesy of WakeEd Partnership

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national organization that represents a collaboration of foundations, nonprofits, states and communities focused on third-grade reading, recognized Wake County’s WAKE Up and Read and Chatham Reads organizations for making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success among young students. Both Triangle organizations were recognized as “Campaign Bright Spots” for their successes. 

According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, students who read with proficiency by the end of third grade have a greater probability of graduating from high school than those who read below grade level.

Through its “Partners Read” program and as part of this campaign, WakeEd Partnership, an education nonprofit focused on transforming teaching and leadership modeling in Wake County Public Schools, worked with WAKE Up and Read, WCPSS’s literacy team and the local business community to bring volunteers to schools to read to children. In the four years of this program, 170 volunteers have read for more than 2,000 combined hours in 31 schools, and presented nearly 4,500 books to first- and second-graders in WCPSS.

Chatham Reads teamed up with Chatham County Schools to expand an existing Bookmobile initiative by adding bilingual books and funding a student support specialist to ride along and encourage parents. Communities in Schools of Chatham County and the Chatham County Literacy Council piloted a successful multigenerational literacy program improving caregiver engagement.

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