Flint launches community-wide literacy campaign

Flint launches community-wide literacy campaign
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Flint Community Schools want students to start flexing their literacy muscles year-round.

In partnership with the Mayor Karen Weaver’s office and other community supporters, the school district has launched “Extra, Extra Read All About It” to encourage families to read during non-classroom days and times.

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab, Flint Director of Community Recreation Sean Croudy, Board of Education President Diana Wright, Assistant Superintendent Shawn Merriweather, Flint Public Library Director Kay Schwartz, Doyle/Ryder Community School Director David Bush, and others attended the announcement.

“Reading Month is an opportune time to launch ‘Extra, Extra Read All About It,’ which is just one of the district’s strategies to target improved literacy outcomes, but the truth is, every month is reading month, and there’s no better way to start than in the home,” says Tawwab. “Education begins with literacy, and a community that reads is one that is ready to learn.”

Flint & Genesee Literacy Network Community Impact Coordinator Jeremiah White and Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Murphy have endorsed the initiative.

Among highlights of the initiative are the Flint Reading Hall of Fame nominations, which can be submitted by clicking here. Dates for the inaugural Flint Reading Hall of Fame awards Stuff the Bus community book drive will be announced soon.

“Read Overs,” during which children are asked to pack a book for visits to enjoy time with family and friends, are also encouraged. Sharing literacy activities via social media, using the #FlintReads hashtag on Facebook and Twitter, is another way to join the campaign.

The Extra, Extra Read All About It campaign will also help reduce the illiteracy rate in Flint. According to the city’s master plan created in 2013, 36 percent of adult residents aged 25 and older are considered functionally illiterate.

As Weaver says, benefits of the effort can extend beyond improved student performance.

“Experts say reading can help reduce stress and increase one’s knowledge and vocabulary, benefits people of all ages can enjoy,” she says. “Extra, Extra Read All About It will bring about many opportunities for our city to drive home the importance of reading.”

— Top picture: Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab discusses the new Extra, Extra Read All About It campaign. In partnership with Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint Community Schools has launched the reading initiative to promote literacy, year-round.

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