An after-school program at the Talkeetna library is bringing together young students and adult community members to promote literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading. KTNA’s Phillip Manning visited the program earlier this week, and has this report.
Learning to read is one of the most important things children do in their first few years of school. Literacy is an indicator not only of how well a student will do during Kindergarten through 12th Grade, but also into their adult lives. In Talkeetna, a new program is helping to give some Upper Valley students an extra boost into reading proficiency.
Talkeetna Elementary art teacher and Title I Reading Specialist Bekah Mathiessen came up with the idea for the program.
“Right after school, the kids get bused here. It’s a new stop on the bus route, which is pretty awesome. And people from the community come to read with about sixteen Kindergarten to 2nd Grade kids.”