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Parent organizing group plans event to garner support for reading achievement program

November 28, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD — POWER, an immigrant parent organizing group supported by Building One Community (B1C), is planning an event for Saturday, December 1, at 2 pm to gain additional support from Stamford Public School parents to bring Springboard to their district.

Springboard is a national program that helps children to read on grade-level by creating a collaboration between parents and teachers that encourages reading practice in and out of the classroom. Springboard is particularly important to immigrant families who do not speak English at home since their children are more susceptible to falling behind in reading. Parents representing the POWER committee will present Springboard to attendees as a tool to close the achievement gap between their children and students from native families. Audience members will include families of Stamford students and local organizations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Alejandro Gibes de Gac, Founder and CEO of Springboard.

“It is incredible to work with POWER and support their cause,” said B1C Family Services’ staff member Jennifer Gomez. “Because of their hard work and dedication, it is the first time a Springboard program will be established thanks to parents. All other Springboard programs were established at the request of teachers and school district employees.”

Springboard’s mission is to form a sustainable parent-teacher collaboration that will provide K-3rd grade students with reading support in the classroom and at home. Research shows that a low-income student who cannot read on grade level by 4th grade is 13 times more likely to drop out of high school than his or her middle-income, proficiently reading peer. Therefore Springboard provides continuous access to learning for elementary students in under-resourced communities in order to close the achievement gap and provide students with the skills they need to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond.