The key to a less violent city remains linked to education.
Although law enforcement can provide temporary solutions to crime, an investment in learning will ensure the best results.
Every policeman, judge, lawyer, etc. knows that Trenton will never get arrested for a crime. And, while it’s understandable that attention is focused on current criminal behavior in real time, lasting peace binds successful education initiatives.
We know that reading with comprehension is the cornerstone of building education.
To that end, the Trenton Literacy Movement (TTLM) is pursuing an initiative to ensure that early childhood reading efforts prepare students for academic success. TTLM missions to ensure Trenton students are reading at grade level before third grade.
TTLM faces significant challenges as many surveys find gaps in reading and learning. According to TLM:
• Thirty-four percent of all American children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn to read.
• Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books in their homes for their children.
• Sixty-five percent of fourth-grade students read below grade level, resulting in 8,000 students dropping out of high school each year.
• Low literacy affects entire communities and Trenton is no exception.
Low literacy is a predictor of future poverty, a lifetime of limited opportunity
and a potential fast track to incarceration.
Would bet dollars against donuts that most violent criminals have limited learning success and lack reading skills. This probable truth should activate programs that support education.
In 2016, The Trenton Literacy Movement, Inc. formed with the goal of identifying and applying educational technologies to improve reading achievement for children in Trenton. TTLM added:
• By age 2, read children consistently show better language skills,
comprehension, larger vocabularies and cognitive skills than their peers.
• By the age of 3, according to some research, there are thirty million stop words heard by children from well-to-do and poorer families.
The TTLM mission, combined with success, attracts support.
The Trenton Literacy Movement, Inc. is set to receive 5,000 books from Reading Is Fundamental as a groundbreaking new partnership with the nation’s largest nonprofit for children’s literacy grows.
The “Books for Ownership Matching Grant Award” from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Inc. includes a $20,000 matching grant to provide TTLM books from the Reading is Fundamental Bookstore.
TTLM is the only nonprofit in New Jersey to receive this award. Details on how the books will be distributed will be announced at a later date by the Trenton Literacy Movement Education Committee.
“Through this new partnership, TTLM will be able to significantly expand and grow our movement and reach the homes of hundreds of parents, educators, children and stakeholders, all of whom are committed to improving the literacy outcomes of our youth in Trenton. , Mercer County area. This partnership will help us advance our mission of children reading in grade through the third grade,” said Douglas H. Palmer, Chairman of the Board of TTLM.
Edward Bullock, Chairman of the Board of TTLM, explains.
“RIF is not only the nation’s largest nonprofit for children’s literacy, it has also provided more than 420 million books to more than one hundred million children in all fifty states, inspiring generations to read, to learn
and grow,” praises Bullock.
“We will also be able to add to our own playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhUiYD3wKs5K0hBA5bXDAldoRjRQ-c_i- a read-aloud library of hundreds of gripping stories from the extensive RIF library with links to other resources for educators, parents and young people.
Personally, education extends beyond school walls, as the city’s learning opportunities connect to art, language, diversity, music, museums, libraries and a litany of other activities.
The formula never changes here. Want a better Trenton?
Education. Education. Education.
LA Parker is a Trentonian columnist. Find him on Twitter @LAParker6 or email him at [email protected]