Meeting begins efforts to improve students’ reading skills
A recent meeting between representatives of United Way of Vance County, Vance County third-grade teachers and elementary school principals began efforts to improve the reading skills of third-graders across the county.
Ronald Gregory, superintendent of Vance County Schools, was also in attendance, along with Dr. Trixie Brooks, assistant supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and Terri Hedrick, public information officer.
United Way is in the process of developing a program to work with third-grade teachers and students to improve reading skills.
During the meeting, Cindy Faulkner, president of United Way of Vance County, addressed the group and stressed that United Way is ready to assist with improving the reading skills of students.
Nancy Gray, executive director of United Way of Vance County, also addressed the group. She spoke on the problem of poverty and her belief in education as a solution.
Teachers were asked to be active participants in the program.
Three main topics were discussed: reasons preventing third-grade students from reading at grade level, resources needed in classrooms to raise reading levels and incentives to encourage the students to improve their reading skills.
Potential resources included volunteers for students to read to, books for the classroom and updates in technology.
Incentives included prizes, recognition and using high school and college students as examples.
The ideas, concerns and feedback from the meeting will now be presented to the board of directors of United Way.