On September 8th you could find City Year Cleveland staff tucked away in different corners enjoying their favorite childhood books and remembering the importance reading played in their lives. It was International Literacy Day and City Year Cleveland took time to celebrate.
International Literacy Day gives children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education. One of the main focuses of City Year's Whole School, Whole Child model is on student literacy.
One way City Year Cleveland is raising literacy awareness is through the AT&T sponsored Book Club. City Year Cleveland will be kicking off an exciting after-school program centered around literacy, achievement and parent engagement at its three partnering high schools this fall: East Tech, Glenville and John Adams. The Read To Lead Book Club will take place at each of the schools over 8-9 weeks this fall with the goals of encouraging reading comprehension, discussion, parent engagement, and college readiness. The book selected, "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe" by Charlise Lyles, tells of the author's journey from the Cleveland schools to Smith College and on to other major achievements. Made possible through generous funding by AT&T, the Read To Lead Book Club will launch with a student/parent event in October, followed by weekly meetings and a celebratory final event in December for the students and their parents.