ASU partners with community to help "My Kids Read"

By

Wendy Wolfersteig

Kick-off events took place in March for “My Kids Read,” a community-based literacy improvement research project for children and families. Designed to engage first and second grade students, parents and teachers as partners, the goal is to increase reading outcomes among children of color so they are reading at grade level by third grade. According to Principal Milinda Crawford, “The students at MO Bush are very excited about this project. Hats off to everyone who is working so hard to help my kids read at MO Bush.”

Maxine O. Bush Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District and the First Institutional Baptist Church are participating with KITABU, a state-wide community based literacy program created by The Arizona Center for African American Children (AZCAAC). AZCAAC’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Carlian Dawson, along with Executive Director Roy Dawson, and their partners, Collins Aerospace and Pi Beta Phi, will put 100 books in the home of each participating family, and teach parents effective ways of encouraging their children to read.

The Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Internal Grant Mechanism is funding the program evaluation led by Dr. Wendy Wolfersteig from the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), Office of Evaluation. Also attending the kick-off at M.O. Bush, was Dr. James Herbert Williams, Director of the School of Social Work and Interim Director of SIRC who stated that “It was an excellent event. I love the energy and expansion of participation with community partners.”