"Read to Succeed" Program sharing love of literacy

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - What's the difference between five year olds from low income communities and their more fortunate peers?

Experts say it's about 18,000 words.

That's why the Thea Bowman House in Utica holds a month-long series called "Read to Succeed" which brings people from the community into the classroom to share their love for reading with children.

It's just one step to get pre-schoolers ready for the rigorous load that comes when they enter kindergarten.

"The parents work so hard and they struggle to have their children have the very best life they can have, but sometimes they're limited to terms of time and financial resources," said Jane Domingue of the Thea Bowman House.

Five year olds who are not read to as children, according to studies, never make up for that lost time.

You can sign up for "Read to Succeed" by calling 315-731-7970.

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