“I would rather be reading.”
How many times has a child said that to you? NOT VERY OFTEN I’m sure. Many kids will do just about anything to avoid reading, and with the accessibility of modern technology, it’s an easy task. Video games, YouTube, and Social Media all compete for children’s attention, and oftentimes reading is the last thing on a child’s mind.
But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if your child was excited to peel back the cover of a new book, diving into the unknown, using words and creativity to experience new adventures? What if your child was a proficient reader possessing the comprehension skills of a distinguished student? That is the goal for the awesome new non-profit organization–
Ashley Dearinger and Ally Ogle, the organization’s founders, are experienced educators who work tirelessly year-round to improve the reading skills of our most vulnerable students–those who have (or are currently experiencing) some type of trauma in their lives. Studies have shown that children exposed to trauma don’t fare as well educationally as those without this exposure, which is the root of this passion project. I Would Rather Be Reading focuses on leveling the playing field for those students who struggle with reading. Their programs provide literacy supports for children through one-on-one literacy interventions by trained instructors, trainings for educators, and a unique summer camp “Camp Good Books and Shades.”