Please help save the Reading Recovery program for grade one students in Simcoe County! The Simcoe County District School Board has announced that they will be eliminating this program for financial reasons. We hope to change their minds with this petition!
Reading Recovery is a grade one program which targets the most at risk readers. It provides intensive one to one reading support to individual students for 20 weeks. At the end of the program, students are much more able to cope with the work in the classroom and experience a tremendous gain in terms of self confidence and independence.
My own daughter has greatly benefited from this program. She has progressed from a reading level of 4 to 14 in 6 short weeks! The daily victories she has experienced have buoyed her spirits. She wakes up wanting to go to school now - tears in the morning used to be part of our regular routine. She is sincerely a happier kid! Recently while at a pediatric appointment in Orillia she brought along her reading recovery books and asked the Dr. if she could read to him. I was so proud. The ironic thing is that I made the appointment nearly 6 months ago, because of concerns with her performance at school. She was experiencing a lot of anxiety, a lack of focus, and trouble with learning skills. It took more than six months to get an appointment with a pediatrician, but it took less than 6 weeks in reading recovery to make the most significant change in her!
Please help save this program so that other children can benefit! It is a remarkable program, that many children need. Please sign this petition, and pass it on to everyone you know! Together we can make a difference!
Thank you for your support,
Kelly Moss - Ede's mom
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Joseph Cornelisse, Canada2 years ago Comments: -
Kim Jaiko, Canada5 years ago Comments: Reading Recovery is a program which has been in Simcoe County and across Canada and many other countries for years. The reason it is used so widely is that it makes a profound difference for students who aren't experiencing reading success in the regular classroom. We expect children to deal with the ever increasing educational expectations, literacy based math programs and succeed in a world where literacy is needed for even the simplest tasks. When they can't, we must have a means of helping them. Reading Recovery has proven itself many times over. What a loss to have it end now. The ramifications for the at risk children in our schools will be felt not just tomorrow but well into the future. Pulling the plug on Reading Recovery will mean less success, lower self esteem, frustration, behaviour problems and limited career opportunities in the future for many of these children. As a teacher of Grade One and Reading Recovery I believe that ending this program will have serious consequences. I have seen the difference this program can make. What a loss!
Kim Sutherland, Canada5 years ago Comments: This is a shame. At a time when we are looking at investing in our education system and in our little ones, we need programs like the reading recovery initiative to assist those who are having difficulities. I have friends whose children were in the reading recovery program and are now avid readers and are accelling in school! Please don't remove excellent programs like this one from our school!
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