WICHITA, Kan. — Yearly school basketball teaching staffs, athletes and followers throughout the nation take part within the Teaching for Literacy initiative to deal with an alarming nationwide drawback. Two in three American third graders cannot learn proficiently. Illiterate kids turn into illiterate adults, and research present that 43% will find yourself residing in poverty due to their struggles with studying.
Thirty groups will take part this 12 months within the Teaching for Literacy program by designating a house sport to #Fightforliteracy and inspiring their followers to donate in assist of an area studying program. Wichita State College and the boys’s basketball group have participated in this system for the previous a number of years and have had a optimistic influence via a partnership with United Manner of the Plains and Wichita Public Faculties.
This 12 months’s annual Shocker #Fight4Literacy sport shall be held on Feb. 8, when the Shocker males’s basketball group performs UCF. 100% of donations will keep native with United Manner of the Plains to assist literacy applications in Title I elementary colleges within the Shocker neighborhood. The funds shall be used to supply books with numerous characters to kids from kindergarten via third grade and to boost the continued Learn to Succeed tutoring program. Volunteer studying coaches within the Learn to Succeed program meet weekly with college students in Wichita Public Faculties for half-hour to take heed to them learn and assist enhance their studying expertise.
Donations are already underway at unitedwayplains.org/literacy the place followers can observe the group’s #GiveLiteracy progress to see how they’re performing towards different schools. The primary $5,000 donated shall be matched by presenting sponsor Worldwide Paper, doubling the influence of each reward acquired.
WSU followers have been among the many high #Fight4Literacy donors elevating round $30,000 per 12 months in donations and matching funds the final two years. Abel Frederic, vp of Neighborhood Impression for United Manner of the Plains, hopes to see donations enhance in 2023.
“That is about serving to our youngsters, colleges and group. Final 12 months we supplied 6,100 books to three,050 college students in grades Okay-3 at 14 colleges within the Shocker neighborhood,” Frederic stated. “We delivered them on the finish of the college 12 months so kids might take them residence to fight summer time studying loss. Our purpose is to broaden this system and attain extra kids in 2023. We’re hoping Shocker fan donations will enhance their monetary assist to $35,000 this 12 months so we are able to add 1,000 extra books to this system.”
WSU followers can donate at unitedwayplains.org/literacy and examine the Leaderboard to see how the Shocker donations evaluate to different groups. A donation of $10 helps purchases two books for a kid.
Wichita State and United Manner of the Plains shall be internet hosting a press convention with Mayor Brandon Whipple to present extra particulars at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 on Devlin Court docket at Charles Koch Enviornment.