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  • Funding for Literacy Program Gets Board Approval

    Mar 19, 2013 | Read More News
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    Richard’s request for $75,000 to pay for a Literacy Infusion program at Mission Manor Elementary School in the coming school year won Board of Supervisors approval today.

    The program, aimed to improve the literacy and reading skills of children in kindergarten through grade three, and their families, was conducted on a pilot basis at Mission Manor over two years with excellent results for the limited number of participants in the pilot program. Student celebrate their stories being transformed into live theater.

    AIMs test reading scores at Mission Manor improved 7 percent and its AIMS test mathematics scores went up 5 percent during the first two pilot years. These scores declined at two nearby elementary schools, also in the Sunnyside Unified School District, over the same two-year period.

    The Pima County funds will enable Literacy Connects, which operates the program to vastly expand its Mission Manor program in the 2013-2014 school year. Literacy Connects plans to use results of the pilot and expanded programs to attract additional funding from a statewide source to continue the Mission Manor effort and to take its Literacy Infusion program to other schools.

    The Literacy Infusion program includes Reading Seed, which tutors young children in reading; Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, working with their parents on literacy and reading skills; and Stories that Soar!, which uses children’s writing and stage performances of their works to enhance literacy and encourage  appreciation for performing arts.