Preschool Read and Ride promotes family reading at home


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Preschool Read and Ride promotes family reading at home

The first ever Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood early learning Read and Ride program awarded 14 preschool students with brand new bicycles. Promise Neighborhood preschool families read an outstanding 866 books and 116 families participated in the program.

“It was awesome to see the growth of Frederick and Diamond during the program,” said Maria Schulenberg, preschool teacher at Marion-Sterling Elementary of the school’s Read and Ride winners.

Deon'tae Pratt (left) and Diamond Bowling, preschool Read and Ride winners at William Patrick Day
Deon’tae Pratt (left) and Diamond Bowling, preschool Read and Ride winners at William Patrick Day

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood envisions that every child is ready for kindergarten and that every third grader reads at third grade level. The early learning Read and Ride program is a fun, family-oriented activity that supports families in reinforcing reading at home.

“Deon’tae winning this bike is truly a blessing,” said Antoinette Pratt, grandmother of William Patrick Day winner Deon’tae Pratt. “With summer coming I’ve been wanting to get bikes for the kids, especially Deon’tae because he outgrew his old bike.”

Pratt used a number of community resources to get books for her and Deon’tae to read. She went to the library, received books from Help Me Grow and took advantage of the books provided by the Read and Ride program.

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood hosted the Read and Ride program for early learning centers through a partnership with Starting Point and Kids Book Bank. The contest was held at seven Step Up to Quality rated early childcare learning centers located in the Central neighborhood. Families with children enrolled in these programs were eligible to win a bicycle if they read at least three books with their child. For each additional book read, the child’s name was placed in the drawing for the bicycle.

The Read and Ride program began at George Washington Carver Elementary in 2015 and is now held at all Cleveland Metropolitan School District elementary schools in the Promise Neighborhood. Read and Ride has been successful in motivating first and second grade students to expand their reading, so in 2017, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood staff decided to expand the program to early learners.

Early learning and child care centers prepare children to transition to kindergarten. According to research, children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. Programs like Read and Ride can help improve a child’s vocabulary and increase their confidence. Children who read better tend to do better across all school subjects.

Frederick Grair, preschool Read and Ride winner at Marion-Sterling
Frederick Grair, preschool Read and Ride winner at Marion-Sterling

“The teachers at Marion-Sterling told me that Frederick was unable to recognize letters and having trouble sounding out letters. I worked with him every day to help him and after a while he got better and even asked to read on his own. He would tell me to let him read on his own and would return to school telling his teachers he read all his books on his own,” said Desharay Riley, mother of Frederick Grair. “It makes me feel good that he is improving and that I’m not just sending my kid to school and letting them do all the work, that I am helping my child. Marion-Sterling is a very good program and Ms. Schulenberg and Ms. Eileen are the best teachers. The Read and Ride program encouraged me and my son to keep reading.”

Bicycles were provided by Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and books were provided by Kid’s Book Bank of Cleveland.

Find out more about early learning programs available in Central here.

Reading paves way to new bicycles for students

Reading paves way to new bicycles for students

A dozen first and second graders in Central have brand new bicycles to enjoy this summer thanks to a program called Read and Ride. Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Knights of Pythias Owatonna Lodge #62 host Read and Ride at the three Cleveland Metropolitan School District elementary schools in the Central Neighborhood: Alfred A. Benesch, George Washington Carver and Marion-Sterling. Open to first and second graders, the reading program aims to encourage young readers to increase their reading by awarding a bicycle to students who read books during the school year. Students receive one raffle ticket for every book read and then two names per classroom are drawn at the end of the year with winners receiving a new bicycle.

This year’s program set a record for most books read and most scholars participating since 2014 when Read and Ride began in the Central neighborhood. A total of 240 Cleveland Metropolitan School District scholars participated this year with an astounding 1,260 books read, with a dozen bicycles being awarded. In 2016, 612 books were read as part of the program and 165 first and second graders participated.

Miguel Nieves, second grade student at George Washington Carver Elementary
Miguel Nieves, second grade student at George Washington Carver Elementary

“This is my first bike without training wheels,” said Miguel Nieves, second grade student at George Washington Carver Elementary and winner of a Read and Ride bicycle. “I read ten books. My favorite book is Snails and Slugs.”

Read and Ride focuses on the first and second grade students because reading ability and comprehension is a necessity when a student enters third grade. Reading at grade level is meaningful at any age, but third grade is the  year when students make the leap from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s an academic hurdle that, if missed, can leave kids in lagging behind for the rest of their academic career. Research shows that once this type of learning lag exists, it’s difficult for kids to catch up. On a national scale, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s analysis of 2009 NAEP data 83 percent of low-income students test below proficient in reading at the start of fourth grade, as do 55 percent of moderate- and high-income students, leaving the U.S. with a grim overall gap of two-thirds of children testing below proficient in reading.

“The bike raffle really motivates the students to read because it offers them a chance to win something that many of them wouldn’t normally get to have on their own,” said Ms. Robinson, second grade teacher, George Washington Carver Elementary.

The Ohio Department of Education Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade. Therefore, one of the goals of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is that every third grade student in Central reads at third grade level. Promise Neighborhood works closely with community partners such as the Knights of Pythias and Cleveland Metropolitan School District to create educational support systems outside of the school day.

“I love working with the schools on Read and Ride every year. I was an avid reader during elementary school and rode a purple and white bicycle similar to the bikes we give to participants. It brings me joy to see the long list of book titles turned in by the students and the smile on their faces when we conduct the awards ceremony,” said Dawn Glasco, engagement coordinator, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “Last year, a parent said that her first grader had begun to read at a third-grade level.  That’s what Read and Ride is all about – progress.  I’m thankful to be a part of such an exciting and rewarding experience.”

Marion-Sterling Read and Ride 2017 winners.
Marion-Sterling Read and Ride 2017 winners.

The Read and Ride program started in Longview, Texas in 2008 by Pythian Lodge #28. Over the years the program has expanded to several other Pythian Domains, including Ohio. In 2014, Supreme Chancellor Keith Stookberry expanded the program and made it nationwide. The Knights of Pythias has a long history of working in the community, both locally and nationally.

“What I enjoy most about the program is the enthusiasm of the children despite all the disadvantages they endure. My heart goes out to them. I see myself in them. I admire them,” said Stan Wolski, chancellor commander of Owatonna Lodge #62, domain of Ohio, Knights of Pythias.

All bicycles for the elementary Read and Ride program are provided by the Knights of Pythias.

 

 

Read and Ride program expands to early learning centers

Read and Ride program expands to early learning centers

Read and Ride is a program that aims to encourage young readers to increase their reading by awarding a bicycle to students who read the most books during the school year. Currently offered at Central elementary schools, the Read and Ride program is growing to include seven Step Up To Quality rated early learning centers in Central. Beginning April 1, 2017 until May 22, 2017, families who read a minimum of three books with their children at home will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle. For each additional book families read, their child’s name will receive another entry in the drawing at their preschool location. At the end of the program, each of the seven early learning centers will pick two names, one boy and one girl, to receive a bike.

“Early care and education centers prepare their preschool children for the transition to kindergarten, but it’s important for kindergarten readiness to start at home too. Reading aloud to a child early and often has been proven to help their ability to learn once in school,” said Tatiana Wells, early learning navigator, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “Promise Neighborhood envisions that every child is ready for kindergarten and that every third grader reads at third grade level and we hope the Read and Ride program can help our community reach those goals.”

Students at Marion Sterling Read and Ride bicycle drawing.
Students at Marion Sterling Read and Ride bicycle drawing.

Through partnership a partnership between Starting Point and the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank , each of the participating early learning centers will receive books to give to families to help increase family reading time and build home libraries. All early learning centers and families participating in Read and Ride will also receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.

For the past two years, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Knights of Pythias have hosted the Read and Ride program for first and second graders at Marion-Sterling Elementary School, George Washington Carver STEM and Alfred A. Benesch Elementary School. Last year, Central students read 612 books and 165 first and second graders participated with more than a dozen bikes being awarded to raffle winners.

“We are in our third year of the Read and Ride program for Central first and second graders and every year we see the number of participants and number of books read grow,” said Dawn Glasco, engagement coordinator, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “It’s exciting that some of our youngest readers will be introduced to the program before they enter school and will hopefully continue to participate through elementary school.”

 

Each early learning centers participating in the 2017 Read and Ride program is a Step Up To Quality five star rated center and includes:

  • Bingham Early Learning Center
  • Early Childcare Center at Arbor Park
  • Family Life Center of Cleveland
  • Outhwaite Head Start
  • William Patrick Day Head Start
  • YWCA Early Learning
  • Marion-Sterling Pre-K

Bicycles for the Read and Ride program at early learning centers have been donated by Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. The first and second grade Read and Ride program is hosted through a partnership between Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Knights of Pythias.

 

Read and Ride program returns for 2016-2017 school year

Read and Ride program returns for 2016-2017 school year

First and second graders at Marion-Sterling Elementary School, George Washington Carver STEM and Alfred A. Benesch Elementary School are once again invited to participate in the Read and Ride program. Students can participate in the Read and Ride program by reading books and writing reports, for each book read they are entered into a drawing for a new bicycle.

Marion-Sterling students at the end-of-year Read and Ride drawing
Marion-Sterling students at the end-of-year Read and Ride drawing

At the end of the school year four names will be drawn at each school to receive a bicycle. So remember, the more books read by each student, the more chances to win a bike! Last year, Central students read 612 books and 165 first and second graders participated.

To get started on reading your way to a new bike ask your first or second grade teacher at Marion-Sterling, George Washington Carver or Alfred A. Benesch. The Read and Ride program is hosted through a partnership between Promise Neighborhood and the Knights of Pythias.