Strong literacy skills are one of the most important early indicators of high school graduation. Through third grade, children are learning to read. After third grade students are reading to learn. A strong start in reading creates a foundation for further learning and higher educational attainment. Since 2014, SFU’s Racing Readers program has provided after school programming for at-risk youth in the diverse and growing South Fraser community. An after-school reading program, Racing Readers connects university and elementary school students to promote literacy, numeracy and physical activity amongst children grades two to five. A partnership between the Surrey School District and the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre, the program will soon celebrate its five year anniversary. In this episode of Student Engage, we discuss the impact of the Racing Readers program with SFU Community Engagement Associate Trisha Dulku and Racing Reader program leader Bulroop Chahal.
Taylor McKinney is a graduate student and host of the Student Engage podcast. Taylor's longstanding interest in mediation, dialogue, and conflict resolution inspired her to spend her undergraduate degree pursuing opportunities to work and study in regions at various stages of conflict and reconciliation, including Myanmar, Kosovo, and the Yukon. Currently living and learning in Vancouver, she is now focused on facilitating dialogue with up and coming change makers to learn more about how one person can make a difference. Taylor is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.
Beyond the Podcast
Want to learn more about how you can get involved in SFU's Racing Readers program? Visit the Racing Readers homepage.
Interested in getting involved with your community? Visit the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement to find an opportunity near you.
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