The poor and literacy. I know there are all these statistics about “disadvantaged” children having low test scores, etc. I get it, I see it, BUT it doesn’t have to be that way. There are resources, and free ones, too. Let’s start with the public library!! FREE. Books, media, even art work to check out. Libraries schedule special programs that are often pretty cool, so take advantage! Summer reading programs are a perfect example of what kids can participate in that’s free; they often win prizes, and have fun programs. Plus it’s a good way to keep their mind engaged over summer, and to keep those reading skills.
I have always been on the lookout for things to do with my girls that are free or inexpensive and we’ve done some pretty cool things. I pick up free publications for listings and read posters about events. Not that I get to do that many things but it’s nice to know there are things to do. I usually pick up the Friday edition of the Wichita Eagle for their GO! section. For some people, it may be your Sunday papers.
Erin was surprised recently when she went on a trip to Dallas with her studio class and the professor asked how many had ever been to an opera. She was one of the few students who had been. I know I have never paid an exorbitant price to go to the opera, but we’ve gone. Same with the symphony.
I could go on, but I think you probably get it. Poor does not have to equal illiterate or disadvantaged. Granted, one may not have all the opportunities afforded someone with more money, BUT you can still have a full, rich, cultured life. Children can excel, too, if parents make sure there are plenty of opportunities to do so.
** I originally started this post to share about a program I found out about recently called, Imagination Station. It’s FREE. All you have to do is sign-up and a book is sent to your home every few weeks (about once a month) for your child. How fun to get something in the mail and be able to read to your child for years to come. Way to go, Dolly!!!