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Let's read Muscogee: Literacy Forum

Project Launch Georgia and the Literacy Alliance hold reading forum

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) - 66 percent of third grade children are not reading proficiently.

Tackling that issue is the focus of the recent partnership between Project Launch Georgia and the Literacy Alliance. The two hosted a literacy forum at Columbus State University to provide parents and educators tips on how to better help young children read.

Some tips include:

  • Allow the child to pick the book, if it interests them, they will want to read.
  • Let struggling readers describe what the pictures show, then point out the words that match
  • Read together - the shared experience helps promote an interest in reading.

The forum's panel also says to avoid using reading incentives, which could cause reading to be looked at as a punishment.

The Literacy Alliance provides assistance for both children and adults. The alliance offers programs to "help children increase their vocabulary levels, help parents find ways, even if they're not comfortable with their literacy levels... Help them find ways to still help their child," Executive Director, Barbara Moushon said.

According to the Center for Public Education, children who can't read proficiently by third grade are more likely to experience poor health, discipline problems, or even drop out of high school.

Of that same group, two thirds are likely to experience unemployment and rely on public assistance programs.

For more information on the Literacy Forum, call 706-321-6322.  

For information on Project LAUNCH Georgia, visit www.BigDreamsGA.org 


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