Early reading proficiency is the single most important factor in the long term success of students, and is the primary goal of the Vista Unified School District (VUSD). This project targets all elementary schools in VUSD (covering both Vista and parts of Oceanside). First grade students will be the beneficiaries of this program as ultimate recipients of a book of their own after a classroom reading session by local Rotarians and Interact club members. We are targeting all schools and classrooms in this grant because virtually every classroom in the district contains ESL (English as a Second Language)) students and students from families living in poverty.
Developing interest and competence in reading must start at an early age and VUSD enrolls an unusually high proportion of ESL students, creating the need to start intensive reading interventions at early grade levels. This grant, in combination with the discounted availability of books through vendors serving the district, permits us to serve a minimum of 1,500 first grade students.
Our program will involve local Rotarians and Interact students (our club sponsors two Interact clubs) reading and distributing books to each student in every classroom. For many of these students it is either the first book they have owned or one of very few books in their home. We also encourage the students to read and share the books with their parents and siblings. Target dates for project reading and distribution of books is September through December, 2019. We have offered this program for many years and because of the success of our previous efforts, the teachers and administrators of the district are totally committed to supporting us to ensure project success. The VUSD Superintendent and the President of the Vista Teachers' Association are both club members and assist in project implementation.