Faces of Success: Lennon Wuchina
Brynn Wuchina believes in the importance of having books in the home.
“I have three sons; reading has always been important to them, and we have always read together as a family,” said Wuchina.
Her son Lennon is currently enrolled in United Way’s Read to Succeed program at Henry Maxwell Elementary School. It prepares at-risk children with the basic reading readiness skills to prepare them for future educational success. Wuchina is excited about her son’s future because of his passion for literacy and the Read to Succeed program.
“His interest in books is astounding. There are multiple times every week where I ask myself, ‘How did he do that?’ Lennon’s love for learning gives him the ability to become a world changer.”
Lennon recently competed against his fellow classmates in a reading incentive and won. He received a $50 gift card to be used for books. Wuchina admits she was a little surprised by her son’s latest literacy feat, but it wasn’t a complete shock.
“Every time we go to the library, he always checks out multiple books. As a parent, the fact that he loves literacy is a great feeling.”
Read to Succeed students like Lennon develop a passion for literacy and are successful beyond their time in the program because of their exposure to critical components like research-based curricula, highly qualified instructional coaches, parental engagement and lending libraries. Wuchina acknowledges that the combination of a Read to Succeed program that currently has a 97 percent success rate in kindergarten preparedness, as well as a passion for literacy in children will help shape the future of our Nashville community.
“Education should be important to everyone; someday, our children will run our city and country. Sadly, some parents dread their child’s future because they don’t get this type of experience and fall behind. I look forward to Lennon’s future because of the Read to Succeed program.”
Since 2010, more than 4,300 Nashville children have arrived at kindergarten prepared to read, thanks to United Way’s Read to Succeed program. The program is currently offered at 12 locations across Nashville and is building successful futures for vulnerable children in our community.
For more information about United Way’s Read to Succeed program, click here.