Saturday Morning Readers & Writers Program

SMRW---MAR-2013-Front

Visionary Leaders Institute in conjunction with The Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport, Sodexo and Chesapeake Energy present to you the March Installment of Saturday Morning Readers & Writers taking place Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9am – 11am Shreveport. Over the past four months children, youth and their parents have been gathering in locations across the city of Shreveport on Saturdays morning, not for sports or entertainment, but to read and write. Saturday Morning Readers & Writers (SMRW) is a reading and writing effort that will help children and youth become strong, independent readers with excellent comprehension. The mission of the program is that each child will read more fluently and quickly, enjoy reading more, and have the skills and the confidence that will assist in achieving academic success in school.

Saturday Morning Readers program will provide a lite breakfast snack courtesy of Visionary Leaders Institute & Sodexo and a FREE book giveaway to all participating youth.

Ako Kambon, President of Visionary Leaders Institute says “We have developed a community initiative called “Saturday Morning Readers and Writers.” The initiative will focus on children (ages 9 – 15). We have selected ten locations in the Shreveport area: Hollywood Heights Community Center, Barton Drive Manor Community Center, Sunrise Baptist Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, David Raines Branch, Turner Elementary School, and Westwood Elementary School.” In each location, they will identify up to 100 children.

Mr. Kambon also states that “every educator will attest that the most wasted time of any student’s academic life is – summer time! The second most wasted time of any student’s academic life is – the weekend! In the very near future, we hope to address the issue of “summer time – drop out.” But for now, we are proposing to use only two (2) hours on the weekend to help close the reading and writing gap.”

This monthly initiative primarily focuses on boys and girls from ages 9 – 15. It is duly noted that the nation’s reading and writing problem really starts much earlier than age 9. However, the research is very clear; if a child does not read and write well by third grade, he or she will struggle for the remainder of their academic life. All student readers are welcome to attend and participate in this month’s Celebration of the Historic Commitment that African-American’s have had in the areas of Literacy and Education. Hope to see you there on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9am – 11am at one of the seven locations!

Saturday Morning Readers & Writers (SMRW) is a reading and writing effort that will help children and youth become strong, independent readers with excellent comprehension. More information is available at www.SaturdayReaders.com

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