June 13, 2011—The Bridge Project, a non-profit agency serving Denver's public housing neighborhoods, will host a kick-off party at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, for children and youth participating in a new Gr8 Readers literacy program. The party, highlighted by the distribution of eight books to each child, will be held at the South Lincoln Bridge Project site, 1217 West 10th Ave., in Denver.
The Bridge Project's Gr8 Readers Program is based on research led by Richard Allington at the University of Tennessee who found that disadvantaged students who took books home to read over the summer had significantly higher reading scores than other students. They also were less apt to experience the "summer slide" in reading ability that is common among students during the vacation months.
The Bridge Project is designed to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational and career opportunities to children, youth and families in four Denver public housing developments. Bridge services include tutoring, computer skills, mentoring and scholarships.
What: Bridge Project Gr8 Readers literacy program kick-off party
Where: South Lincoln Bridge Project Site, 1217 W. 10th Ave. Denver, CO 80204
When: Tuesday, June 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Visuals: Approximately 30 elementary through high schools students receiving summer reading books.