In early 2023, Learn to Earn Dayton introduced a new concept as part of the Readiness Summit -- Literacy Boxes to support early grade reading proficiency. Now, after months of development, testing, and preparation, Learn to Earn Dayton (L2ED) and ThinkTV PBS are pleased to unveil “Reading is Lit” boxes for young students. Each box features a grade-level aligned book and multiple hands-on learning activities and engaging videos for families to support literacy at home.
As part of L2ED’s Early Grade Literacy Collaborative, the boxes were distributed to students and families who participate in "Mighty Classrooms" (a L2ED demonstration classroom) at Trotwood-Madison City Schools on November 15, 2023.
A second round of boxes will be distributed in the spring, helping students and families step-up with their literacy skills.
The pilot project is possible with support from the Iddings Foundation, The Dayton Foundation’s Del Mar Encore Fellow Initiative, and CenterPoint Energy Foundation. L2ED hopes to expand the program to develop a full set of eight (8) boxes, in order to provide this valuable to resource to students throughout their early grade journey. The team is strategically scaling the work to reach more students across Montgomery County.
In addition to the book and hands-on activities in the box, ThinkTV provides access to curriculum aligned videos, songs, online activities and digital engagement (accessed via QR codes on each box). In a day and age when digital literacy is a critical component of learning, this partnership drives families to high-quality educational web sites in support of healthy engagement.
Follow us as Reading is Lit grows, and check out the photos from the Harvest Party at Trotwood-Madison Early Learning Center where students got the first look. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved, contact L2ED Director of K12 Strategies, Maya Dorsey.
Pictured: Walt Hibner (left) and Michelle Beer (third from left) from CenterPoint Energy Foundation presented a donation to the Learn to Earn Dayton team of (from left) Stacy Schweikhart, Wesley Biles, II, Maya Dorsey, and Erika Pimentel and ThinkTV coordinator Diane Kroplin (far right).