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A Bit Of Background

Right to Read is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the literacy achievement of economically disadvantaged youth. Working with students in pre-k 3 through 3rd grade, we provide free literacy resources to promote observable reading growth, confidence and success. 

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Developing Capable and Confident Readers

Why We Do What We Do

88% of students who were struggling readers in third grade did not graduate from high school. 

Research indicates that reading below a third grade level correlates with incarceration, poverty rates, school drop-out rates and future academic challenges.

Hispanic and African American third graders in the Houston area were 2 times more likely to perform unsatisfactorily on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading assessment in 2013. 

One of the most important predictors of graduating from high school is proficient reading by the end of third grade.

We offer three different models of literacy support. This support is free to students and families who qualify.

Right to Read provides individual and small group reading intervention to students with identified reading weaknesses.

Assessments

In our effort to deliver targeted support in reading, we offer various assessments to identify reading weaknesses and the students who would benefit the most from our support. 

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Right to Read provides individual and small group reading intervention to students with identified reading weaknesses.

Intervention

Intervention is free to qualifying students who have been identified with a reading weakness. Once need of support is determined, an intervention plan will be created and shared.

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Right to Read provides individual and small group reading intervention to students with identified reading weaknesses.

Community

Community support is the heart of our programming with both parent education and community partnerships  being a huge component in helping at-risk students achieve reading success.

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Committed To The Cause

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Tenesha Jedkins Smith, M.Ed

Founder, Executive Director

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Dejon Banks Hawthorne

Board Member

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Certeria Crawford​, M.Ed

Board Member

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Charles Harrison

Board Member

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Garry Jedkins

Board Member

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Brittany Weisser

Board Member

PARTNERSHIPS

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