AR Kids Read was pleased to present our program at the National Family Literacy Learning Summit held
in Houston, Texas March 16-18. It was an honor to be a part of such a noted group of presenters that
included The Barbara Bush Reading Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Imagination Library,
metropolitan library systems, The Toyota Family Foundation, Department of Education and others.
All of the presenters’ spoke of the critical importance of reading, not only to learning and education, but
to helping families improve their standard of living and reach sustainable family incomes.
Those who attended the AR Kids Read session that learned about our effort were impressed that a
community could come together with a tutoring program that could reach as many students, schools
and families as we have. The collaborative effort and the relationship orientation of the AR Kids Read
program was consistent with all of the programs highlighted during the conference. It was encouraging
that many attendees representing smaller towns in Kentucky to cities such as Houston are interested
in discussing how we might assist them in similar programs for their communities.
The issue of reading and literacy is not an issue that affects only Central Arkansas but every community
in the nation. The hope is that a program like AR Kids Read dependent on collaborative community
efforts and built on relationships and engagement are having an impact and leading to a solution.