The Sacramento Literacy Foundation has created the Sacramento Promise Zone Literacy Initiative, which seeks to use partnerships to help kids read and increase literacy in the Promise Zone! The initiative will focus on:
Getting Books in Students' Homes.
Implementing Science of Reading Curriculum in K-2 Classrooms.
Issuing Summer Reading Grants.
The Literacy Foundation’s first initiative was the Sacramento Promise Zone Book Giveaway, a collaborative effort resulting in 30,000 books, or 7-8 books per bag, given to the approximately 4,000 K-2 students attending each of the 18 public elementary schools in the Promise Zone. As part of this initiative, the Literacy Foundation will also be funding summer Reading initiatives focused on these same elementary schools since the lack of reading in the Summer is one of the top three reasons a child falls behind. The Literacy Foundation will also focus creating partnerships to implement the Science of Reading curriculum into Promise Zone elementary schools, community based organizations, and after-school providers. The school districts in the Promise Zone, Sacramento City Unified and Twin Rivers Unified School Districts, must respond to the 7-12 months of reading skills lost due to COVID-19. The Science of Reading curriculum can be a tool used to help accelerate reading skill recovery. The Science of Reading shows that every child learns to read the same way, and the Sacramento Literacy Foundation wants to use it to help all children read at grade-level, starting in the Promise Zone.