PHILADELPHIA--()--Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) has received a $450,000 donation from Townsend Press, a highly regarded educational publisher based in Camden County, NJ. The Townsend donation will launch a new multi-faceted venture, the Camden Literacy Project.
“Research shows that students who do not read over the summer break, especially those from low-income families, are more likely to fall behind and lose critical literacy skills gained during the school year”
Townsend’s donation will underwrite CLI-hosted Teacher Institutes for 15 new and future K-3 teachers in Camden’s public and Catholic schools. Institute sessions will show participants how to employ CLI’s research-based techniques for enhancing literacy instruction.
The Townsend grant will also help fund the development of a CLI Model Classroom Portal providing established teachers with materials and strategies for creating literacy-rich classroom environments.
In addition, through the Townsend grant, every K-3 student at selected public and Catholic schools in Camden will receive 10 books at the end of the school year. These high-quality books will encourage youngsters to read during the summer and will help families build home libraries.
Parents and teachers at participating schools will receive CLI training and resources on ways to keep children engaged in reading over the summer break. Parents will also receive literacy tips from CLI via text messages throughout the summer.
“Research shows that students who do not read over the summer break, especially those from low-income families, are more likely to fall behind and lose critical literacy skills gained during the school year,” said Kelly Hunter, CLI’s executive director. “Thanks to Townsend’s funding, the Camden Literacy Project will allow teachers, parents, and students to build during the summer on what children learned earlier in the year.”
Townsend Press, founded and owned by husband-wife team John Langan and Judith Nadell, is headquartered in West Berlin, NJ. The company publishes a wide variety of educational books and materials for students of all ages. With a longstanding commitment to promoting literacy, Townsend sponsors school-based reading contests and donates its books to schools and community organizations nationwide. In addition to this contribution to CLI, Townsend has donated over $2 million to various educational initiatives in Camden.
“Townsend Press is thrilled,” said Nadell, “to partner with CLI in this comprehensive approach to literacy. We’re confident that supporting teachers’ and parents’ literacy efforts and providing children with free books will spark excitement about reading and a passion for learning.”
About Children’s Literacy Initiative
Philadelphia-based Children’s Literacy Initiative is a national nonprofit that provides professional development services to pre-k through third grade teachers to transform literacy instruction so that all children can become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers. In partnership with schools and districts, CLI Model Classrooms provide teachers with the tools, training, leadership, and peer support they need to deliver quality literacy instruction. CLI was awarded an Investing in Innovation validation grant by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. For more information on CLI’s work, visit www.childrensliteracyinitiative.org