“Jared did not speak any English when he started [Running Readers]. But the smaller group in Running Readers and having that extra time to read are reasons he has done so well. It gives me peace of mind – I love it.” – Jared’s mother
When Jared started the Running Readers program in Kindergarten, he spoke only Spanish. His family did not speak English to him at home and he struggled with reading and homework. His mother says “I did not know how it would affect him in school. Jared did not speak any English when he started [Running Readers]. But the smaller group in Running Readers and having that extra time to read are reasons he has done so well. It gives me peace of mind—I love it.”
After several years as a Running Reader, Jared’s reading became so advanced, he was promoted to the “Lovely Readers” group. This group formed when many of the third-grade children who had graduated from Running Readers did not want to leave the program. The CHW Community Building Coordinator worked with the children to form a new reading group for fourth and fifth graders.
Jared loves to read aloud every week, and he takes pride in his reading. His mother said, “Now that he has realized he can read longer books, he gets very excited.”
Jared recently read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last of the seven books (and 759 pages long!), since that was the only Harry Potter book available at his school library. He looks forward to reading more Harry Potter books, going backwards if he has to, and finishing with volume one! Jared’s favorite subjects at school are science, social studies, and of course: “I really like reading a lot!“
Jared is looking forward to reading many more chapter books at the Learning Center: “I want to stay in Lovely Readers next year!”
From a child who did not know any English to a confident reader now excelling in school, Jared has a bright future ahead of him.