KIPP Baltimore – 2014 Recipient
2012 Grant Recipient Winner
KIPP Baltimore – Read, Baby, Read Literacy Day Program
KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools. KIPP Baltimore is a local, non-profit whose mission is “to create and operate public schools in Baltimore City that lead students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and a diversity of skill levels to attend and succeed in four year colleges.”
KIPP operates an elementary and middle school in the inner city of Baltimore. Read, Baby, Read Literacy Day 2014 will be held on the last day of school before summer vacation, Students will be allowed to select 4 or 5 books to take home and read during the summer. KIPP Board members will create a festive fair atmosphere for that day bringing in local authors, entertainers, and will organize literacy-themed games, all to promote literacy. The focus is to help students to continue to hone their reading skills and to prevent “summer slide”. The term “summer slide” refers to the decrease in reading skills in children who spend their summer breaks without any books. Research has shown a corollary between the success of students in middle class families who have access to books and reading year-round and the lack of success of students in low-income families without access to books and reading during summer break.
MCBF’s grant was used to purchase books for this project.