This message is being sent on behalf of the Georgia PTA Early Childhood Education Committee (Caroline Harris, Chair):
As Georgia PTA’s Early Childhood Education Chair, and a teacher by profession, my Committee is particularly pleased to be the one bringing you some great breaking news out of Georgia PTA’s District 10 (Atlanta Council) that will have a positive impact on early reading initiatives. Friday, December 16 was the last day of school for winter break for Atlanta Public Schools. However, before classes for the first part of the school year ended, some very exciting news was delivered to Atlanta Public Schools. Thanks to the generosity and caring spirit of the College Football Foundation and the Peach Bowl, Inc., over the next two years, approximately 1,500 APS teachers (grades kindergarten – fifth grade from seven (7) of APS’ nine (9) clusters) will be the beneficiary of a special training program designed to help them better assist their students to become strong readers. Teachers from in Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods are the ones targeted to receive this assistance.
The total amount that has been committed to this program is $1,000,000! This help is welcomed, as over 80% of these students are not proficient in reading by the third grade. The reason why this is such a crucial year is because statistics have shown that children that are not reading up to grade level by third grade are more likely to fall behind in other subjects as they progress to grades where the curriculum is more book-based.
Congratulations to Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public School District Superintendent! She was on hand to make this formal announcement at Boyd Elementary School where she was also seen waving a book right along with the students that were waving their books. According to Dr. Carstarphen, this highly specialized training will touch the lives of 20,000 students!
On behalf of Georgia PTA, a big THANKS to the College Football Foundation and private donors associated with the Peach Bowl for supporting the PTA’s efforts to make every child’s potential a reality.
Caroline Harris, Early Childhood Education Chair –