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TD Bank supports Boys & Girls Clubs literacy education programs

By Martha Ann Kneiss, tcpalm.com

63 days ago   Article ID# 4132514
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Boys & Girls of Martin County

STUART, FLORIDA (tcpalm.com) - TD Bank helps communities grow strong by investing in educational opportunities such as the BeREADy Literacy Education program at Boys & Girls of Martin County.

The Children’s Literacy Foundation states “68 percent of America’s fourth-graders do not read at a proficient level, and 1 out of 6 children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school.”

Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow through targeted programs designed to help them achieve success. One such program is BeREADy, which helps struggling readers succeed by pairing them with certified teachers in small-group literacy instruction. Measurable outcomes help kids become confident and strong students who will graduate from high school on time.

“We are delighted to partner with TD Bank and look forward to deepening our relationship to further support the educational needs of Martin County children,” said Joanne Towner, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.

BeReady is helping kids perform better in school. In the most recent school year, 149 club members (grades kindergarten through third) were identified for BeREADy through input from school district personnel or by conducting assessments. Of that group:

• 75 percent of BeREADy participants increased assessment scores from pre to post;

• 79 percent of participants maintained or increased assessment scores from pre to post;

• 81 percent of members improved their report card scores in the area of reading/language arts from the first to third quarter;

• 90 percent of members improved or maintained their report card scores from the first to third quarter.

The results are impressive, but the smiles on kid’s faces and the feedback from parents and teachers tell the real story. One mother recently wrote, “My son’s teacher recommended him for the Boys & Girls Club literacy program. It was the difference between him staying in first grade and moving on to second. It was the push he needed to succeed and become confident with reading.”

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Updated 63 days ago   Article ID# 4132514

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