A children’s literacy campaign in Philadelphia is getting help from an NFL player.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin and the Eagles Youth Partnership
joined with “Read by 4th campaign to boost the number of children in Philadelphia
who are reading at grade level by the 4th grade.
Boykin was at Prince Hall Elementary to challenge boys and girls to #dothe22,
which is reading for 22 minutes every day.
Sports didn’t always come first in Boykin’s house when he was growing up. Boykin
said that when he was young, his parents made sure that he got his education. “Sports
were like a privilege, as long as my grades were good then I was able to play,” he said.
Philadelphia’s grade level reading strategy—READ by 4th, stands for Ready, Engaged,
Able and Determined. It’s reported that Boykin will work with Eagles Youth Partnership’s
Book Mobile by making appearances at local elementary schools to promote the
importance of literacy.
According to the national research gathered by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy group, preparing students to become ready for 4th grade requires that public policy, resources and organizational activities address the following five challenges:
- Improve the quality of early learning and child care programs
- Give parents training and tools to help their child develop strong reading skills
- Ensure that students continue to read over the summer break to mitigate reading skill loss
- Address child health and other factors contributing to school absenteeism
- Implement research-proven reading practices in schools in ways that ensure that instruction is individualized and promotes reading progression throughout the school year
Reading is a good opportunity for parents to spend time with their children. Having a conversation with them will help them understand the world around them.