Yatez Cameron is a proud parent of a Buffalo Charter School student and she knows first-hand that books empower through the knowledge they give. While books are a necessity and not a luxury in the Cameron home, the reality in Western New York is that not all kids are getting their hands on the books they need to fulfill fundamental life skills.
Yatez says reading sets the foundation for every other learning. The better your child is at reading the better they are at vocabulary and with comprehending things you want to teach later.
The past few years, WKBW has raised money internally to buy books for local schools. This year we decided to open the giving to the public so we can get as many books as possible into the Buffalo Charter School.
Jaime Peld, Middle School Dean of Students, says they are excited to get more books into the hands of their students. She goes on to say studies show if students are fluent readers by the time they reach 3rd grade they are will be successful on the path for college and career readiness. How well a child reads by the end of 3rd grade can affect the rest of their education. There is still time to close the gap after. If you are affluent reader you are more apt to go to college and have successful careers. Studies also show that if you as an adult, read for an hour a night your intelligence can still grow and that’s what keeps your cognitive skills sharp and your mind sharp.
If you give a child a book you can make a lasting impact on their life. Jeannette Franklin, ELA 7th grade teacher says it is statically proven that urban students don’t get to travel a lot and they can do that through an adventure in a book.