Faces of Success: Destinee
Destinee is enrolled in United Way’s Read to Succeed program at Fannie Battle Day Home. Read to Succeed is an early literacy program that prepares at-risk preschool students with basic reading readiness skills to prepare them for educational success.
Destinee used to get nervous about coming to school and being separated from her family. Each morning she was dropped off, she would cry for her mom all day until she was picked up in the afternoon. “Rarely would you see Destinee not crying,” says her teacher. “It would break our hearts, but we just wouldn’t give up on her.”
This separation anxiety hindered Destinee from being able to focus and learn so much that her family thought about taking her out of the program. The Fannie Battle staff continued to reinforce the positive exposure and learning opportunities she was receiving and reassured them that they would be able to reach her.
One month later, she was cheerfully greeting our receptionist as she came in for school. Destinee’s mother was so excited to see her daughter getting adjusted to her new environment. Destinee was sure to tell her teachers and other staff who passed through the room, “Look, I’m not crying!” “We all would praise her and tell how much she has grown,” says one Fannie Battle staff member.
Destinee’s ability to focus now allows her to learn new things and create meaningful interactions with her peers and teachers. “We are so proud of the progress that she has made since being in the Read to Succeed program, “says her teacher, “and we look forward to the many more advances she will achieve.”
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