This is the third year I have been a reading buddy with students in the second and third grades. These are critical years for the students for developing reading skills. The relationships we are able to develop help the students develop confidence and pride in their progress. I look forward to seeing Marliyah's smile and pleasure at reading together.
I have served on the Board of Directors of HomeWorks for several years and I continue to serve because I believe in our mission and vision. Every child can succeed and it is in the partnership of parents and teachers where the magic happens. HomeWorks enables and trains teachers to partner with families with the express goal of short term and long term success.
Home Works is a wonderful nonprofit. The nonprofit, set up a school Patrick Henry school, with everything they needed to be successful. That includes teachers parents and students with everything they needed, such as iPads, Internet, books and information about learning far as the teachers and parents,
to be successful.
Through Homeworks, I became a Buddy Reader for a child in the Patrick Henry school. I not only read with them but work with on other important skills.
I was connected with this non-profit through a program called, "Buddy Reading". The program is virtual and allows volunteers to read with students through a Zoom class. The volunteers are well trained to help students from an inner city school in St. Louis. It's a rewarding experience to be part of a program that is enhancing the academic success of students. The students in the program are able to improve their reading scores, confidence, and communication and behavioral skills. It's such a win/win experience to be part of non-profit that is making such a big difference in schools and communities.
Before making virtual home visits, I didn't have enough background knowledge on the children. After visiting with my students and their families, I was able to connect with the children more. I could see, up close on the screen, who was helping each student and who I should connect with if I had questions, concerns, or celebrations to share going forward. Going on virtual visits helped me make every minute count with every student. It also gave me an opportunity to reinforce with families what's important to do to stay healthy during the pandemic. The home visit has given me a deeper understanding of the student's home environment. I heard my student's Aunt speak French in his home environment. I didn't know there was another language being spoken in the household!
Home visits bring normalcy to this age of a global pandemic. Having additional windows into the lives of our students gives us a chance to be empathetic and take care of our families and our students.
Home Works is an amazing program working to break down barriers by building relationships with students' families. The program trains teachers and staff how to do a successful home visit and also provides incentives to teacher for taking time to complete the visits. It's a win-win for everyone! Once the relationship is established and communication is flowing, students are much more likely to be successful in school which leads to success in life! Highly recommend this organization! They are making a difference... one student and one family at a time!
As the host of Talk of the Town, a Public Affairs show that airs on 3 different radio stations in St. Louis, MO, I'm always looking for new & different non-profits. I found that with HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program. Karen Kalish was a breath of fresh air & is passionate about her program & all of the people working in it plus it's obvious that what they're doing works. Big thanks to Great NonProfits for having this organization in their listing!
February 16, 2014
I am pleased to write this letter of support of HOME WORKS! The Columbia Public Schools has been participating in parent engagement strategies for a long time, but it wasn’t until we connected with your organization that we felt we had a focused plan for connecting with families.
The Columbia Public School District has seen rates of poverty increase considerably over the last 10 years. Over that period of time the percentage of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch has climbed from 25% to 46%. The number of English Language Learners has climbed from 450 four years ago to 990 this school year. We are a community that is urbanizing at a staggering rate and it is going to take two-way, parent and school engagement in order to give our children the very best chance for success.
During this past year, two of our low performing, high poverty elementary schools began participating in HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program. Teachers attended the high-level trainings before setting out in pairs to conduct home visits. The relationship with families was strengthened by the two family dinners hosted at the school by the teachers and the principal. Your program promised we would see improvements in both attendance and discipline. And we have.
We are all working hard to be allies for Missouri’s children. What will matter for a child from Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau and Independence is that we strive to remove barriers and improve communication with families. We believe that HOME WORKS! will reduce opportunity gaps (attendance and discipline), close enrichment gaps (access to college and career coursework), and give us a better tool for achieving our ultimate legacy – the elimination of academic achievement gaps.
I can be reached at 573-214-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have other leaders interested in talking more about HOME WORKS!
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
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I have been associated with Home Works! from its inception and continue to serve on the Board because the program has transformed the lives of the students, teachers and families it has touched. Many of the parents visited had negative school experiences and don't know how to change that dynamic for their own children. The teachers trained by Home Works! help a family's adults understand their importance in their child's educational success. As a team, the adults in a child's life can make day in and day out decisions that make all the difference for the child's sustained success. Home Works! works.
I am thrilled to donate to this organization. It is the only program I know of that is working on parent engagement and getting parents to read and talk to their children every day. Their results are very exciting. I know it's going to take a long time to change parent behavior and increase academics for kids but this organization is starting the ball rolling. Please consider supporting this organization
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