Launching Literacy is a partnership between Assistance League of Long Beach and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). Underserved children in grades K-1 in need of extra individualized reading instruction are selected by district personnel. Our trained volunteers work with the children on pre-reading skills in small groups using lessons developed by literacy coaches.
LBUSD teachers report:
“The small group format and well-planned lessons were great, and the children loved working with the volunteers. They were very excited every time they saw a volunteer arrive.”
One of the volunteers said:
“As for the books we gave them on the last day, the kids were over the moon. They had no problem writing their names on the ALLB book plate. They turned the pages in their own books along with me as I read….They all hugged their books tightly against their chests when we walked back to the classroom and immediately put them in their backpacks.”
Assistance League of Long Beach’s newest program, Launching Literacy, is a partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). The program is dedicated to helping those children who come to school not as prepared to learn as middle-class children. We all know reading well is essential for success in life. Research shows that children who lack reading skills are more likely to be identified for Special Education and are thirteen times more likely to drop out of high school.