The grant has provided students the opportunity to practice emergent reading skills at home that are learned in the classroom.

Have you ever wondered what age is too early to start a child’s reading journey? Students in PRE-K at Sorrento Primary are becoming super readers by gaining a love for reading as well as reading foundational skills.

Literacy Take Home Bags were created to promote emergent reading skills in our smallest Mudbugs. Students engage with family members at home learning the foundational skills of reading. Students are learning reading has a purpose and parents are provided with techniques to make reading meaningful.

Students are evaluated using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), beginning in kindergarten. This is a standardized reading test that measures a student’s reading level. Students are learning skills with the literacy bags to help with essential DRA skills. Tracking print is a huge step to learning to read.

Overall, data shows sixty-nine percent of the PRE-K class is tracking print correctly. The grant has provided students the opportunity to practice emergent reading skills at home that are learned in the classroom.

“I love taking my reading bag home! I find letters with my mommy,” a student stated.

Another student stated, “I like my reading bag so much. I read with my mommy.”

A paraprofessional for the class stated, “The reading bags encourage reading outside of the classroom and provide books for students who may not have books at home.”

Instilling a love for reading and providing a means to engage in reading at home has proven successful. Funds for this grant were provided by CF Industries through the Ascension Fund.

The Ascension Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club as an instrument for private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools.

Teacher Grants of $500 or $1,000 and School Impact Grants of $2,500 are awarded on an annual competitive basis. To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded approximately 1,250 grants representing over $1.5 million dollars in the school system. For more information, visit www.ascensionfund.com.

Contributed by Sorrento Primary School