RPSB launches ‘Reading Revival’ program to increase literacy rates


RAPIDS PARISH, Louisiana (KALB) – The Rapides Parish School Board has unveiled a new literacy awareness program that will begin in August.

The Reading Revival program aims to tackle the problem of illiteracy among students in the parish of Rapides. According to the school board, only 43 percent of students in Rapides Parish pass third-grade literacy standards, which is actually 5 percent above the state average.

To help increase literacy rates throughout the parish, the Reading Revival program requires all elementary students to complete 30 minutes of literacy activity outside of school.

The Reading Revival program is also taking education on the road, as the program includes three new “Journey to Literacy” buses that will travel around the parish and park at locations without easy access to public libraries. Residents will have no trouble spotting the buses, as they have been brightly decorated and painted by the students of Rapides Parish. The buses will be loaded with literacy aids, teachers and high school students who can help children in this area read.

“We are excited about our new literacy buses and mobile literacy labs to kick off this reading renaissance,” said Jeff Powell, superintendent of the RPSB. “We will park in the neighborhoods to do the mobile reading revival camps that the team has set up. We are really excited to engage in neighborhood literacy activities.

The RPSB said buses will tour the parish in August and begin Reading Revival camps and programs in September.

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