BUILD (Berkeley United in Literacy Development) celebrated its 11th summer kick off last week at James Kenney Park. Ten years ago, I worked with Mayor Bates and UC Berkeley Public Service Center to launch BUILD - a summer literacy program designed to prevent the "summer slide" for academically struggling students. The program is now year-around with UC Berkeley tutors working with hundreds of students in every elementary school, summer recreation program, as well as BAHIA and Berkeley Youth Alternatives. This year, using school district data, BUILD is reaching out to students most in need of literacy support to provide 1-to-1 tutoring over the summer.
BUILD has proven important for school age students - but recent reports from the Academy of Pediatrics confirm what early childhood educators have been saying for years - we need to start reading to our children early - at infancy - to enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability.
I'm honored to serve on a School Board that supports high quality early childhood education and family support. I want to work with our soon-to-be re-organized family engagement program to ensure parents/guardians have the tools and supports they need to help their child succeed in school.
Please support my campaign - I have a goal of raising $2,000 by Monday so that I can hit the summer running! Will you donate before Monday to help me reach my goal?
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