After the incredible success of the Tri-County Reading By Third pilot, local community leaders and philanthropists came together to form Literacy United: Johns Island at Mount Zion Elementary. The program utilizes a proven, evidence-based small group intervention model to improve phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and writing skills.
In first-grade teacher Rachel Parker’s class, 72% of students moved out of the “at risk” category. Parker stated, “When a student struggles with something, they now have the tools they can use on their own. Literacy United gives the students tools to empower their own reading and writing.”
Mount Zion Elementary principal, Anna Mims, shared, “The community is such a resource for us. This has been an amazing opportunity to show care to our students. The teachers have learned a lot, and the students are benefiting from the program—it’s a great partnership!”