EWI of Chattanooga partners with member firm Chattanooga Head Start as our literacy initiate ties in with the National Head Start school readiness goal of focusing on literacy and placing books in the homes of all children, having parents more engaged in the education of their own child by reading with their children at home, increasing the educational level of parents by helping with GED, high school or college and increasing the educational level of all teachers who work directly with the children.
Teachers in the Head Start baby room focus on the scaffolding concept utilizing reading to connect the pathways in the brain to other pathways by increasing the number of words they are exposed to during the day at the facility and teaching parents how to use everyday events to practice scaffolding at home, at the grocery or wherever they may be with their child.
Our annual Reading Rally takes place at Chattanooga Head Start and provides the books as well as the physical contact that is needed for children to develop and utilize literacy development for a lifetime. Literacy development depends on good health - having a body that is physically well and active and a mind that is ready to learn, and exposure to words. That is why for the EWI of Chattanooga Reading Rally literacy initiative we build-in physical movement, dental care and an extensive day of the EWI representatives reading, holding, talking to and in general being with the children.
The Reading Rally excels because of these EWI volunteers and their willingness to give of their time, their hugs, their voices, their eye contact and their ability to give one child at a time their undivided attention and in the world of poverty that these children come that equals a million dollars.