Read, Dream, Achieve Literacy Campaign & Book Drive
Two-thirds of Georgia’s children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. In other words, in Georgia, 34% of our children are reading proficiently, while 66% are not. Children unable to make the shift from learning to read, to reading to learn, face serious barriers to future learning, because they can’t grasp half of the printed fourth-grade curriculum and beyond, including math and science. As a result, these children fall even further behind.
According to the research, children who can’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are more likely to experience poor health, have discipline problems, and become teen parents. They are also four times more likely to drop out of high school. As adults, they’re more likely to spend time in prison, struggle with unemployment, and face shorter life expectancies.
It’s time to take on third-grade reading proficiency-not only as an education issue, but as an urgent priority for all who care about children’s health and well-being. We all have a vested interest in increasing grade – level reading; after all, they are our next generation of leaders.
Individuals, businesses or faith-based organizations, can be a part of Decatur County’s “Read, Dream, Achieve” Literacy Campaign by donating new or used books, which will be distributed to families throughout our community for home use. We appreciate business partners, Memorial Hospital & Manor and Winn-Dixie, for their donations, as these books are currently in distribution.
Individuals, using online stores to make book purchases, may consider Amazon.com as a potential source, as a “Read, Dream, Achieve” account has been created and established under the “Lists” section. Additionally, individuals may select The Decatur County School System’s Support Center as their shipping address of choice.
New or used books are being accepted at any of our schools, however, additional community drop-off locations are needed. As Partners in Education, drop-off locations will be provided with a “Read, Dream Achieve” book donation container, as well as book donation pick-up service
Contact Us Today!
Put your business or organization on the map by volunteering to be a Read, Dream, Achieve Book Donation location
Dr. Cheryl Guy, Parent & Family Engagement Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 229-243-6847 229-248-2835
DIRECTIONS FOR DCBOE PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT BOOK PURCHASE FROM AMAZON.COM
1. Go to Amazon.com and log on to your account or if you don’t have one you can create a new account.
2. Go to the “Account & Lists” tab on the top right of the page.
(Hello, Name: there will be a drop-down box.)
3. Click on “Find a list or Registry”
-Go to “Your Friends” (three tabs in blue will say “Your List”,
“Your Idea Lists”, & “Your Friends”)
-Type in: DCBOE from “Find Someone’s List” box (to the left)
-Then hit enter to pull up the wish list
4. Book Wish List is available for you to purchase.
-Click on the book or books you would like to purchase.
-You have the choice of Hardcover or Paperback books.
-Place the QTY and add to your cart. Once added & you’re ready to check out, then you will proceed to check out. (Select Shipping Address page).
-Select DCBOE Read, Dream, Achieve. The order will be shipped directly to the DCBOE Support Center 507 Martin Street.
-Choose the OPTION of completing a Gift Receipt & type a message.
-Choose your shipping options (free to Amazon Prime Members, etc…) Then press Continue.
-Select Payment Method. Put in your credit card, debit card, gift card, Amazon.com or bank account number (checking). Press continue to review your order and place your order.
Become a Trained Reader in our Schools
To begin reading with students, one must first attend a volunteer training session. Sessions, offered at the District level, are typically scheduled every other Wednesday, at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, at the District Support Center on Martin Street.
Previously Trained Volunteers: Each school year, previously trained volunteers must access the district website to renew their certification status. A minimum of 10 working days is required to process volunteer paperwork & ID badge. As part of our Volunteer Training Program, a Criminal Background Check must be completed every five years.
After completing volunteer training requirements, "Reader Training" information will be provided, which includes brief video lessons that may be accessed at home. Schools will then be notified of your volunteer and "Trained Reader" status.
Contact Dr. Cheryl Guy, District Parent & Family Engagement Coordinator for additional details
email@example.com, 229-243-6847 or 229-248-2835