Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Faith. It’s something we have in every child in Kansas City. Faith that they have they will grow up to be successful, and more importantly, happy. At the heart of our mission is the desire to see our future generation grow stronger than those before. It’s difficult to isolate a child’s learning from the many experiences he or she has growing up. In that vein, achieving 3rd grade reading proficiency is not mutually exclusive from a child’s lived experiences through age 8. If they don’t believe they have what it takes to learn how to read, the journey is much more treacherous.
On March 2nd, Turn the Page KC gathered faith leaders from around the community to share lunch and conversation on Read Across America Day. We discussed the influence these leaders have on children and families in their communities every day. They walked away from the luncheon with books, parent tip cards, and an invitation to build a relationship with Turn the Page. We hope to see faith leaders, from all denominations, seek resources from us and our community partners, to share our messages honestly and authentically.
We need faith, but more importantly, we need support from people of all walks of life to make our mission known and achievable. We need people to volunteer with young readers, to show them that we believe in them and their ability to succeed. We need donors, to provide books and other resources to show them how much we care. Achieving 3rd grade reading proficiency is an important milestone, one of many important milestones, a child will achieve in his or her lifetime. Faith, tied with community support, will set our kids on a path of dignity, prosperity, and happiness. And that’s something, we hope, everyone can praise.