Partnership Feature: Better Basics

DSC01104-513x335Local non-profit Better Basics has a long history of working with students in the Birmingham Community.  Founded by John Glasser in 1993, the organization has grown over the years to include a full slate of youth literacy programs aimed at pre-school,  elementary-, and middle-school learners.  Each year, these programs serve over 25,00 children with the help of over 500 community volunteers. In 2013-2014, Better Basics awarded more than 40,000 books to students in their programs.

For the staff at Better Basics, the mission of the organization – to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs – is motivated by more than just the love of reading.

Literacy is the foundation for childhood learning,” says Karen Kapp, Executive Director of Better Basics. “And when it comes to reading, the single most important factor is practice and ongoing exposure to books.”

student-winners-with-volunteer-400x286This year, Ed is partnering with Better Basics as part of the Carver Feeder Development Plan to expand programming at Tuggle Elementary to include the intensive Reading Intervention and Reading Mentors programs. Through Reading Intervention, struggling readers will spend several hours each week with a Certified Teacher to help increase their grade-level in reading.  Additionally, Ed staff and students from the Lawson State Honors College will serve in the Reading Mentors program, working one-on-one with students who are currently below grade-level in reading to practice comprehension skills and improve attitude and confidence.

“We’re excited to work with Ed in a formal capacity this year,” says Kapp. “It is through these kinds of strategic partnerships that we can best serve students in Birmingham, working together to increase each other’s capacity, and capitalize on our organizations’ individual strengths.”

Learn more about Better Basics and find out how you can volunteer at their website.

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