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I Would Rather Be Reading is a non-profit whose mission is to help students who have experienced trauma increase their reading proficiency
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I Would Rather Be Reading is a non-profit organization providing students who have experienced childhood trauma with appropriate academic literacy supports. I Would Rather Be Reading affiliates will serve children enrolled in the Jefferson County Public School system. Research suggests that 1:4 students have experienced childhood trauma which has been associated with negative long-term effects on cognitive outcomes (Enlow, Egeland, Blood, Wright, Wright, 2012). It has been found that students who are not proficient in reading by the end of their 3rd grade year will face discouraging hurdles to success in school and beyond (Center for Public Education, 2015). Our mission is for children who have experienced or are currently experiencing trauma to receive intense, consistent, one-on-one, reading intervention from a trained reading specialist to outweigh the negative effects caused by childhood trauma exposure.
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There he was standing in a blue and black, short sleeve, athletic blend t-shirt. It was still wrinkled from where it had been stuffed in his drawer just a few hours earlier. He had a grown out summer fade his grandmother took him to get when school first let out, untied high top tennis shoes with mud stains from the dirt stacks made by MSD workers who just so happened to be in the neighborhood that week, and circles under his eyes from staying up all night telling scary stories with his siblings. He began tapping on my arm and when he got my attention said, “Will you look at this?” It was Thursday and my day was done, but there was something really special about Devin and he always deserved an extra minute.
Devin was reluctant to attend summer camp at first. We conferenced with his teacher for months about students who she felt lived in the neighborhood around Camp Good Book and Shades and could benefit from the services I Would Rather Be Reading had to offer. She told us that he would be going to sixth grade the following year, but was reading on a 1st grade level. Situations in his personal life had caused him to miss many school days in the past, move schools, and move homes, more times than most people would care to think about. When he landed in his final classroom it was near the end of the school year, but his home life was stable and would be staying in the same neighborhood.
For months we approached Devin asking him about his likes and dislikes, what kind of books he would enjoy reading at home, and if he would be interested in spending time at I Would Rather Be Reading’s summer camp.
The school year ended and the start of camp came and went with Devin nowhere in sight. His siblings who were also enrolled eventually came to camp that week, but not him.