Message from Dr. Brumley: December 2018

The holiday season is about giving. Our school system has been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of many different community leaders and organization

One of our most cherished community partners is Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club. Over the years they have literally poured millions worth of time, services, and rewards into encouraging our youngest students to read. Dawn Busters Kiwanis has served our community for over four decades. They currently reward children for reading at over 30 Jefferson Parish elementary schools, and I’m sure that number will only grow. From bicycles and electronic devices to gift cards and unforgettable experiences, the rewards given by the Dawn Busters and their many generous sponsors make for many smiling young faces.

But the work they’re doing gives our kids way more than new toys. That added encouragement to read is paving the road to graduation. Studies show that children who cannot read on grade level by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop of out of school. Third grade is a critical time in a child’s education. This is when students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. Students who read behind grade level past 3rd grade will likely fall behind in other areas of study, as they struggle to read and understand directions, lessons, and homework given in other subjects.

Reading programs like the one supported by Dawn Busters Kiwanis complement the work already taking place in our classrooms to make sure every kid is reading on grade level during this important transition, and every year beyond. I thank them and the many other community groups doing their part to invest in our students the 128 hours a week they are not in school. If you are the parent of a young child, please make reading a priority every night. If you are a community member, reach out to your neighborhood school to see what volunteer opportunities may be available. Moving kids forward is hard work. It takes everyone. As we work together, though, I know the best is yet to come for Jefferson Parish Public Schools.