A Better Mid-South: Third graders' reading levels

A Better Mid-South: Third graders' reading levels

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Editorial by WMC Action News 5 General Manager Tracey Rogers:

Were you as surprised as I was to learn 33 percent, or 1/3, of all Shelby County third graders are not reading at their grade level? Talk about alarming and then to hear that this has been a problem for years.

It got me to thinking about some of our young people and the hardships they face outside of school that could be impacting this number.

If a child is worried about where his next meal is coming from, if a child is worried about showing up to school without shoes or a coat, if their parents are having to work two and three jobs to pay the bills -- reading may not be a priority in the home.

What can we do change that? Take action.

I searched online for literacy programs in Memphis and a host of programs popped up led by Literacy Mid-South. You can be a tutor or if you need their services for your child -- they can help.

I have posted several links to these programs on my Facebook page, just like A Better Mid-South and you will find the links there.

Teaching our children to read at or above grade level will make this A Better Mid-South.

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