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Working with public schools in Omaha, Nebraska to ensure all Pre-K through 2nd grade students have the opportunity to take a good book home, every night, for fun.
Delivering Infinite Book Shelves for Kids, this is what DIBS for Kids is working with public schools to provide: an opportunity for every child in Omaha to read a book at home, every night, for fun, regardless of income level. The program stems from our founder’s experience as a Teach For America 1st grade teacher in New Orleans, where he learned first-hand how difficult it was as a teacher to guide his students through their lessons when so many were unequipped to read and comprehend the material.
Over 60 percent of students growing up in poverty do not have access to a single age-appropriate book in their home according to the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Our founder realized teachers need a hands-off way to face this issue head-on, a program that empowers young students to read outside of school, in their homes, without teacher guidance, and encourages their parents and guardians to play a more active role in their reading development.
Our program has been adopted in 20 different classrooms in two elementary schools in Omaha, as well as an after school program.
- David Orrick
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