Program aims to help Danville students read
DANVILLE – Danville school officials want to help some low-income students keep up on their reading skills over the summer.
That's why the school district is launching a new summer school program for students and their parents who live at the Fair Oaks public housing complex.
The Fair Oaks Parent and Child Reading Together Project will be offered one day a week June 4-18. It's tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays.
The program will be held at either the Danville Housing Authority's Cowen-March Community Room, at 1607 Clyman Lane, or its Family Enrichment Center, at 1027-1029 Belton Ave., depending on the number of participants. For students to be eligible, parents must participate.
"We think it will be a worthwhile program," Associate Superintendent Mark Denman said, adding the program is being financed through federal Title I funding.
During the program, children will practice reading skills such as such phonics, fluency and reading comprehension with the help of an instructor and their parents. The goal is to prevent the regression of those skills, which can occur over an extended break from school, Denman said.
Denman said children will be allowed to check out books.
"That allows them to keep up on their library skills, too," added Tamera Forthenberry, the housing authority's director of family services.
"The biggest benefit I see is the involvement of the parents," Forthenberry continued. "We want them to continue reading at home. When children see their parents reading, they'll think, 'Reading must be really important.'"
Denman said the program will draw participants from the long-running summer food service program.
The school district prepares the meals, and serves them at the housing authority's community room.
More information is available from the school district at 444-1062 or the housing authority at 443-0621.