In August of 2015, I was asked by Superintendent Duran to attend a meeting with Jason Redd, board president along with members of The Trenton Literacy Movement (TTLM). They invited me to visit summer programs within the Trenton Housing Projects that were using a reading program called Lexia that was showing promising results.
When I visited the program, I met a young man who was entering the sixth grade. He shared with me how he could not read at the beginning of the summer and now he could. He proudly read to me a book he was currently reading. My eyes were instantly filled with tears of joy. Later that day, Read more
At the beginning of the school year, my son was way behind in reading. I was afraid for him. I had heard about the Lexia program and I asked the school to put him in the program and now he is reading on grade level. He is very happy and I am so proud of him!
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." -- Malcolm X.
Our hearts were racing the day we knew that the students were receiving the computers from The Trenton Literacy Movement. All I could think of was how excited the families would be and all the smiles on the children’s faces. Although they had earned the Lexia honors as Jefferson Elementary School students and newly transferred to Kilmer Elementary, I could not help but feel extremely proud as a principal and an educator. The families began to arrive dressed in their best. Mothers, fathers and teachers all beaming with pride as they shook the hands of your members, took photos and ultimately received their computers. Someone once told me that being an educator also means that we have the pleasure of creating happy memories for children. That day was a moment I know the children will never forget. On behalf of the Joyce Kilmer School community we thank TTLM for your unwavering dedication to the literacy needs of Trenton’s promise -- our children.
TTLM is committed to ensuring the reading success of students in Trenton's elementary schools. With their support and promotion of theL Lexia after-school program, these students are getting additional opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to become striving readers. TTLM is demonstrating how community stakeholders are proactively engaged in effective solutions.
We have second-grade students who when we started were reading at the kindergarten level and today are reading on level. That’s a testament to the hard work of these students and their teachers, the strong backing from their parents, and proof that our students, when supported and encouraged, can do great things.
Children are taught to read from Kindergarten through the third grade; after that they read to learn. 75% of our third graders are not reading on grade level. Our after-school program has significantly improved this statistic. I have personally witnessed how excited and engaged our students are in our Lexia after-school reading program. This has led to a marked improvement in their reading levels and comprehension.