October 22, 2014

Canal Family Support

Lisett, a 5th grade student participating in Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club, struggled with reading comprehension and completing her homework. An English Language Learner, Lisett lacked confidence in her abilities. Her parents were not able to help her due to their lack of education. Thankfully, this past year, Kids Club provided a new literacy intervention program to help students read at grade level. As a result of the small group nature of her class and getting the extra attention she needed, Lisett’s vocabulary increased and her reading comprehension skills improved significantly. Her love of reading grew and she was excited to visit the library every week with her mother. By the end of the school year, Lisett was able to read independently with little support, and her computerized reading assessment score increased by more than 100 points. Equipped with increased motivation and confidence in her abilities, Lisett successfully transitioned to middle school. She looks forward to going to college one day and coming back to volunteer to help the younger students at Kids Club.