GirlSMART literacy program celebrated student graduation | Community Spirit
The Girls Inc. GirlSMART literacy program celebrated student graduation this week to a crowd full of proud parents and teachers.
GirlSMART, the National Literacy Project, prepares girls who are below grade level in reading with a dedicated time and place to improve their reading skills. Kindergarten, First and Second grade girls from both Fort Caroline and Arlington Heights Elementary schools had a graduation ceremony to celebrate their improvements. The ceremony included personalized paper graduation caps, diplomas, medals and even individual awards. “I’m happy I’m graduating today because I worked really hard!” said one of the kindergarten graduates.
Proud parents cheered from the crowd as each girl walked across the stage for her moment to shine.
Low literacy levels show a strong correlation with poverty, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, crime and unemployment. At-risk children are in critical need of effective instruction in the early years in order to develop stronger reading and writing skills, and early intervention is an important intervention tool. GirlSMART stresses the importance of coordinating literacy intervention with regular classroom instruction, to enhance the foundation for further learning.
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preparing girls, ages 5 – 18, to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals.
They deliver the Girls Inc. National curriculum through their Outreach, AfterSchool, Literacy and Summer programs in Northeast Florida.