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The Road to Reading

The Road to Reading series explores some of the reading activities you'll find in our schools as well as difficulties students may face when learning to read. The series also examines early childhood ties to literacy and new initiatives to help all children read. The Grand Rapids Public Library is the proud supporter of The Road to Reading Series.

Students Collect Books for Inmates to Promote Literacy

Lee Middle School students are helping local prison inmates turn the page to a better life -- literally. The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools eighth-grade students recently became aware of the stark correlation between illiteracy and incarceration, and it inspired them to...

Superintendent: ‘This is a Revolution. We Will be ‘The Region That Reads’

West Michigan teachers and administrators recently heard the five common practices that lead to success in reading, and many are ready to implement those findings to a whole new level at their own schools. Dig deeper into data. "Own" every...

Read Any Good Books Lately? These Students Have

So you think today’s teenagers aren’t into reading? Talk to Bill Foster. He loves books – real books, made of paper and ink – and the fascinating realms they contain. “I love the fact you can just take yourself into...

Ruff Reader Dogs Bolster Student Confidence

Mollie gently sidles up to Wyoming Public School's West Elementary third-grader Riley Doggett, who's sitting on a comfy beanbag cushion. Riley starts to read out loud a biography about Davy Crockett. Before he finishes the first paragraph, Mollie gingerly begins...

Why Are Some Schools High Achievers in Reading?

At Sunfield Elementary in Lakewood Public Schools, students read while waiting in line for the bathroom. At North Godwin Elementary in Godwin Heights, kindergartners practice memorizing more words by sight than at most other schools. At Byron Center's Brown...

Cans of Food Become Votes for Favorite Books

“Bud, Not Buddy” prevailed in the first round. “Charlotte’s Web” defeated “The One and Only Ivan.” In a shocker, “The Cat in the Hat” failed to advance. But the “I Survived” series survived the competition by piling up a...

Together, Parents & Teachers Foster Good Readers

With a red crayon, Sydney O'Keefe, 4, colored on white paper over a cardboard "D." The letter magically appeared bright and bold. While Sydney had fun with literacy activities, her mother, Nicole O'Keefe, talked about ways she works with Sydney...
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