ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Some dads and Atlanta police officers say itâs a crime if kids miss out on reading and math fundamentals because of school closures.
They loaded up some tools to fight it this week, rolling out what they call their âReal Dads Readâ mobile units.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Officers with the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department and dads with the Fathers Incorporated organization provided summer reading materials to Atlanta area children.READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
The Northwest Evaluation Association reports school closures have caused students to fall behind in their reading progress by 30% and by 50% in math.
Organizers say this effort will help encourage literacy, bridging the learning gap between now and the next school year.MORE NEWS: Polk County School Cafeteria Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend
Atlanta Public Schools elaborated more on the program in this press release:
Kenneth Braswell, CEO of Fathers Incorporated explains, âWith over 100 literacy centers currently in Metro Atlanta and Columbus, GA, we believe that this partnership will assist us in continuing to keep children reading and engaged with academic material throughout the summer.â
âThis program will expand further our officersâ commitment to our Districtâs Social Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, and strengthen the relationships we have built with our students and community members,â said Chief Applin. âAt the same time, and just as importantly, it will help our students keep their literacy skills sharp over the summer.â