Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, announced that
AR Kids Read is the recipient of three $10,000 Read for Success matching grants to help improve
reading proficiency for elementary students.
AR Kids Read is partnering with the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), the new
Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, and the Boys and Girls Clubs in Little Rock, North Little Rock
and Jacksonville to support 600 struggling readers in second, third and fourth grades.
During the summer months, all children are at risk of losing some of the learning and skills they’ve
acquired over the school year. If the summer learning slide is not addressed at an early age, some
children may fall behind by as much as three years in reading comprehension by the end of fifth grade.
Through research, Read for Success is shown to improve reading proficiency and combat the summer
Read for Success utilizes a curriculum of 35 multicultural, STEAM books with accompanying activities to
tie the learning to the book. The 600 students that will benefit from the program will receive eight take home
books to foster reading within the home. Family engagement is a key component of the program. The
Read for Success program will help foster family engagement through book distributions, field trips and
fun events which make the stories come alive as well as fun activities to promote reading within the
Financial sponsors for the Read for Success program include AR Kids Read, PCSSD, Boys and Girls Club
of Central Arkansas, the City of North Little Rock, and Crain Ford of Jacksonville. Through these donations,
the Read for Success program will serve over 600 students and provide over 5,000 books to these students
in the 12 schools, 20 classrooms and seven Boys and Girls Clubs.