I started going into one of my student’s homes. Her name was Jackie. I would go on Wednesdays after school and work with Jackie, her three siblings, and her mom. I would bring over alphabet materials and games for the three year old and beginning sounds for the almost kindergartener. I would help Jackie with her homework and bring her new books to read. And with her older brother who was in sixth grade, I would bring higher-level reading comprehension passages and work with him on them. The whole time, their mom Heather was watching and engaging in what we were all doing together.
After a semester of working with Jackie, her reading scores went from 60% to 95% at school.
That summer, Pages & Chapters kicked off our first summer reading program which led to having a school year reading program. Now we call our programming Open Books. At Open Books, our family literacy workshops, parents and kids ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade are paired with a volunteer literacy mentor who use our curriculum to teach the five essential components of reading. At each session, parents and students are given literacy packets, a brand-new book donated by Barnes & Noble, and dinner from a local restaurant. All students who have participated in Open Books have made gains in reading; and the feedback from parents is always positive. This past Christmas, a parent emailed me to thank Pages & Chapters for “making reading fun for [her son] Alex.”
It all started with a vision. A vision to bring families together and make reading an essential part of their family unit. I believe we are doing that. Join us!
-Jenny Albro, Founder + President