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Immigrant Center continues Stamford Public Schools partnership for Summer Reading Program

By Building One Community

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STAMFORD, CT - This month, Building One Community - The Center for Immigrant Opportunity, began its 5th annual Summer Reading Program for children and parents in the Stamford Public Schools system. The program, a joint collaboration with Stamford Public Schools, reduces the achievement gap and “summer slide” experienced by Hispanic children in the Stamford Public Schools.

This program includes equal participation from children as well as their parents – a stark contrast with many other summer programs. It is often a challenge for immigrant children to practice English over the summer, when a non-English language is typically spoken at home. This program gives both English Language Learner students and parents the opportunity to strengthen their language and comprehension skills. These skills are vital to children’s future success and prepare parents to develop a basis of communication with the schools.

“While it’s a curriculum designed for the students, the parental involvement aspect is what makes our program unique,” said Lorely Peche, Family & School Services Director at Building One Community. “Research continues to show us just how important parental involvement is to students’ academic achievement. This program models and teaches active family engagement in their children’s success.”
More than 50 students and their parents will participate this year. Sessions are facilitated by volunteers who receive training from Stamford Public Schools teachers who developed the program’s curriculum.

The Summer Reading Program is fully enrolled. For information on attending programs or volunteering at Building One Community, visit www.Building1Community.org.

The Summer Reading Program is generously funded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the New Canaan Community Foundation Young Philanthropists Program, the Barat Foundation at Convent of the Sacred Heart, the Community Fund of Darien’s Youth Grant Program.

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