For many of our children, books in their homes are a luxury, not a reality. One study found that in middle income neighborhoods the ratio is 13 books per child; while in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children. By age 3, research has shown that these children are more than 30 million words behind their peers. This lack of books and interactions around reading means that many of our Evart children enter school at a crucial disadvantage and are struggling to read proficiently.
Our community partnership.
Evart Reads launched in response to the Rising Tide Initiative, and initially operated under the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District,. Now, we've transitioned to local ownership under Evart Public Schools, in partnership with the City of Evart. The goal is a community where everyone can read, books are accessible everywhere, and reading is a part of every day.
In order to tackle our literacy crisis, this project needs our the whole community. We invite you to stand with us in support of literacy in Evart . . . let's work together to expand reading in our community, one child, one book at a time.