3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Springfield, MA

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Springfield, MA

Reading Success by 4th Grade (RS4G), the Springfield, MA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes. Springfield’s chronic absenteeism in grades K-4 has decreased significantly from 19.5% in 2011 to 16.5% in 2013.

Among a number of strategies used by the Springfield Campaign is the Walking School Bus, a collaboration with a local teaching hospital, several Springfield public elementary schools, the Springfield Housing Authority and Stand for Children.  Other strategies include the 100 Mile Club® program, being implemented at another Springfield elementary school, which provides the opportunity for children to run or walk 100 miles at school and/or in the community during a single school year and is committed to improving student’s school readiness to learn, creating better educational outcomes, building self-esteem and overall improved health in the lives of children and others. Both strategies are part of Springfield’s Safe Routes to School initiative.

The Springfield GLR Campaign reaches approximately 22,500 low-income children in a school district of roughly 26,000 students. RS4G has partnered with the Stay in School Campaign, coordinated by the United Way of the Pioneer Valley and the Springfield Public Schools on the attendance/chronic absence CGLR focus area. The Stay in School Campaign regularly tracks the percent of K-3 students from low-income families who are chronically absent as a key measure of its overall impact on student outcomes and convenes many community partners to spread the message of the importance of daily attendance beginning in preschool.

Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Sally Fuller, of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, commented, “Springfield has come together not only in its shared vision for grade level reading proficiency for all its children, but in understanding the value of aligning actions and leveraging resources and relationships to tackle a complex community issue.”

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Springfield among the following community members:

  • An African American Point of View (monthly news magazine)
  • Babson Capital Management LLC
  • Baystate Health System
  • Berkshire Bank Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • City of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Collaboration for Change, Springfield Education Association
  • The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
  • Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy
  • Early Literacy Coalition
  • El Pueblo Latino (Spanish language newspaper)
  • Hampden Bank
  • Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative
  • Home City Families
  • Link to Libraries, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)
  • Massachusetts Reading Corps
  • Massachusetts Service Alliance
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Partners for a Healthier Community
  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Pride Stations & Stores
  • Raising a Reader MA
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Regional Employment Board of Hampden County
  • Partners for Community
  • Paul Robbins Associates
  • Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, PC
  • Springfield Business Leaders for Education
  • Springfield City Library
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Housing Authority
  • Springfield Museums Association
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Springfield Public Schools Parent and Community Engagement Center
  • Springfield School Volunteers, Inc.
  • Strategies for Children/Early Education for All Campaign
  • Square One
  • The Beveridge Family Foundation
  • The Republican (daily newspaper)
  • United Way of Pioneer Valley
  • WGBY Public Television for Western New England
  • WGGBabc40/Fox News
  • Wild Apple Design Group
  • WSPR/WAMC radio
  • YMCA of Greater Springfield