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.