Early Childhood Education
The Beaufort County Senior Leadership Alumni Group is actively looking to recruit volunteers for its project in Early Childhood Education. Our goals are twofold:
1) Tutor 4-year old pre-Kindergarten children, and
2) Send a book a month to 1,000 Beaufort County newborns through 5-year olds via The Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Through these efforts, we aim to reverse the 56 percent failure rate among Beaufort County third-graders on the annual South Carolina Language Arts standardized test and to give these children a fair chance in life. This project might well be considered the most valuable product of BCSL thus far.
As of July 2019, we have put together a group of 31 volunteers who will be tutoring pre-Kindergarten students at Broad River Elementary School for the Fall 2019 school semester. Additionally, we are developing a working relationship with organizations throughout the County to raise $99,000 for the book delivery effort. As of July 2019, we have $8,000. The cost to send 12 books per year to a child is $33, all of which comes from donors. There is no cost to a participating child.
More volunteers are needed for both efforts. We hope to expand the tutoring to other schools and to raise more donations.
There is strong data to support the social return on investment in Early Childhood Education projects. It is more effective than any other age group project. Simply stated, they work effectively long range to reduce the school dropout rate, teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, and many other future ills. Projects designed to correct these problems after they develop are less effective and more expensive to administer.
We need your help. Contact Charlie Cookson (843-521-7167) for more information or email BCReading99@gmail.com