“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss
Our son Reid was born on February 26, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital; the second twin, born just one minute after his sister Ashlan. Reid’s development has been markedly slower than his twin, due in large part to early challenges which were detected a birth. He suffers from Pulminary Valve Stenosis, a heart condition that creates significant challenges in blood and oxygen flow. He’s been through a multitude of echocardiograms and received a heart surgery procedure in December 2011 to help correct his condition. Reid received first class care while at St. Joseph’s and later from McMaster after being transferred there three weeks after birth. He has also become familiar with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto where the surgery took place. While his time in hospital has been minute compared to other children facing major health challenges; it has been a lifetime for us. It is because of this wonderful care at our city’s hospitals that we decided to begin the journey of creating Read To Succeed.
Read To Succeed
Reading is perhaps one of the most valued skills we can develop in children. Surrounding children with the tools; books and reading mentors begins to harvest their interest and appetite for reading. Literacy is a vital component to early education.
Read To Succeed includes two main components;
- A children’s book inventory and distribution system for families in high need neighbourhoods of the city – donations of new and gently used books will be accepted
- A mentor reading program in conjunction with educational programs and initiatives
Book Inventory and Distribution
Donations of new and gently used children’s books would be accepted at partner locations in the city and distributed to families in high needs neighbourhoods. The partner locations and a collaborative agency would administer the distribution through evaluation criteria established by Read to Succeed to identify target families and children in addition to helping administer funds.
Mentor Reading Program
Students at the secondary school level from across the city volunteer service through the organization. Student reading mentors would commit to a minimum number of monthly hours and be scheduled to conduct reading programs at community centres. This program may also mesh with existing after school care programs and would satisfy the requirement for volunteer hours by students.
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