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Reclaimed Newspaper Boxes Hit the Streets, Promote Summer Literacy in Underserved Lancaster Neighborhoodsposted on: 5/25/2016
Reading is fundamental to educational success. Recent research finds that “children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class” (Evans, Kelley, Sikora, Treiman;2010). Yet this benefit is often unattainable for low income children and youth. One study found that children from middle income homes have 13 books per child on average while in comparison, low income homes only had one book for every 300 children (Neuman and Dickinson, 2006).
The Lancaster City Track Club, part of the Lancaster PAL program at The Mix at Arbor Place, is hosting the 1st ever “The Right Track Run” on Tuesday, May 17th at 4pm. The event will raise funds to send a team of students from School District of Lancaster to California for the US Track and Field Junior Olympics. Last year 14 students attended with one being named an All-American in two categories. The race is between six schools from the district with the winning school receiving a trophy in honor of their accomplishment. more
The Mix at Arbor Place is partnering with The Common Wheel to present Pages on Pedals, an innovative reading program that delivers free brand new books to 200 children in Lancaster City over four weeks in the summer months. Volunteers will deliver books to children via bicycle and help to promote the importance of summer reading. Pages on Pedals is a program inspired by the Words on Wheels program at Tree House Books in Philadelphia. Each book will come with educational prompts to ensure that students are learning and reading the books they receive. Research shows that low-income communities seriously lack access to books. One study found that in low income neighborhoods there is one age appropriate books for every 300 children. Access to books is hugely important for academic performance. The number of books in the home is the only behavior measure that directly correlates to reading scores (McQuillan, 1998).