New York Community Bank and its AmTrust Bank Division will keep children reading this summer with the help of a grant to the city’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The program helps put books in the hands of Delray Beach Grade School students during the summer months when reading skills tend to decline.
Focusing on grades K-3 in the city's Title 1 schools, the program provides students with a selection of age appropriate books to take home and read. Title 1 schools are usually located in areas where lower income levels leave families limited in both time and resources. Student reading scores often reflect these deficiencies. The Campaign for Grade Level Reading program provides these individuals with the tools necessary to improve their reading skills.
“I have been involved with the “Delray Reads” initiative for over four years,” says Retail Banking Regional Executive Brian Lynott. “Our investment has made a positive impact on improving summer slide rates which measures students ability to retain the knowledge students receive during the previous school year and is measured after the summer break."
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading program puts books in the hands of students who mostly and sadly do not have books in their own home. Statistics indicate that having immediate access to these books help sustain and improve reading levels among the K-3 students.
“This is a great investment with long-term gains. Children who read stay in school. Children who graduate with good reading skills have so much of a higher chance to succeed. This is a “big picture” type scenario,” says Brian.
Brian and Branch Manager Laura Stemple (Delray Beach) presented Delray Beach Education Coordinator Janet Meeks with a $5,000 check on behalf of NYCB in support of this summer's initiative.