Faces of Success: Jennifer Hall
The excitement of a new school year may have worn off already for some students. Parents like Jennifer Hall remain eager to see what an entire year brings for their children.
“It is very comforting for me to know my son is beginning kindergarten ready to learn,” said Hall.
She recently celebrated her son’s graduation from United Way’s Read to Succeed program at King’s Daughters Child Development Center. It was of her proudest moments as a parent to date.
“I want Isiah to have a love for learning for the rest of his life. The Read to Succeed program has helped establish a foundation for that to happen.”
United Way’s Read to Succeed program builds and strengthens the educational foundations of vulnerable Nashville children. The program prepares at-risk children with the basic reading readiness skills to prepare them for future educational success. Read to Succeed utilizes key components like research-based curricula, highly qualified instructional coaches, parental engagement and lending libraries. All of these components contribute to educational gains of students that extend well beyond their time in the program.
“I was really impressed the Read to Succeed program offered an instructional coach at each site to support teachers. They can become overwhelmed and some are overworked; it was great to see someone there to support them so they could focus on engaging students, instead of simply working on lesson plans.”
Over the past six years, 4,300 students have graduated from a Read to Succeed program that currently has a 96 percent success rate in kindergarten preparedness. Hall is amazed at Isiah’s accomplishments during his time in the Read to Succeed program. She also knows his future is full of possibilities.
“He can already write all of his letters; we were in the car the other day, and he was sounding out words. He’s prepared to learn and prepared to read, thanks to the Read to Succeed program. I think he is going to have a tremendous year, and I know he can help make this world a better place.”
United Way’s Read to Succeed program has helped make a better Nashville for thousands of vulnerable children since the program began in 2004. Here’s to a new year filled with success and opportunities for Isiah and all of the recent Read to Succeed program graduates.
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