For Anahi, second grade was a struggle. At home, her parents could only speak Spanish with her, and her English reading skills were at a preschool level. Anahi was falling through the cracks and falling behind.
Anahi stopped turning in homework or participating in class. She was being disruptive and distracting to other students, which was not normal behavior for her; she was a good kid. Simple math problems and counting were difficult for her, and her disruptiveness continued at home, when she grew frustrated and refused to complete her homework. This is when her parents reached out to the Community Building Coordinator (CBC), Alison, at their onsite CHW community learning center at Poway Villas Apartments.
At first, Anahi was reluctant to participate in learning center programs. She did not want to be forced into going, but her family wanted to get her help. In that first week, she threw fits and cried, but within two weeks, she began attending on her own. Alison began working one-on-one with Anahi and she soon joined the Running Readers program.
When Anahi first came to the learning center, she could read sight words or words under a picture, but beyond that, Anahi could not read. With Alison’s help and the Running Readers program, Anahi has not only moved to level two books for 1st-3rd graders, but has become enthusiastic about reading, bringing in books that she wants to read. Although she still struggles with some reading comprehension, Anahi is almost caught up to her grade level.
Since getting the support she needed, Anahi has also stopped acting out in class. She has been able to participate and understand her homework. When Alison asked her to tell her what she did in school today, she said, “I raised my hand and I read and I got it all right!”
Third grade reading level is a major predictor of future success and at CHW we aim to provide the programs that allow students like Anahi the opportunities to get back on track. Alison says, “She’s really blossoming. I can’t wait to see all of her progress at the end of the school year.”