Rapid City is the first community in South Dakota to join the
National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative.
In joining the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative, the Rapid City community has committed to ensuring all children from all economic backgrounds become proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child’s path to high school graduation and later success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of school and struggle throughout their lives.
In joining the GLR Network, our partner organizations are developing formal plans to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read well:
School Readiness - too many children are entering kindergarten already behind.
School Attendance - too many young children are missing too many days of school.
Summer Learning - too many children are losing ground academically over the summer.
Our partner organizations in Rapid City include; Black Hills Special Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America - Black Hills Area Council, Club for Boys, Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Cornerstone Rescue Mission, The Dahl Arts Center, Early Childhood Connections - Starting Strong, Family & Community Health Services - SD Department of Health, Girl Scouts, Gwendolyn Stearns Foundation, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, The Journey Museum, Learning Solutions, Literacy Council of the Black Hills, Love Inc., Lutheran Social Services – Arise Youth Center, Partnership Rapid City, Pennington County States Attorney’s Office, Pennington County - Juvenile Diversion Program, Rapid City Area Schools, Rapid City Public Library, Rapid City Public School Foundation, Rural America Initiatives, South Dakota Child Protection Services Division of Child Care Services, South Dakota Humanities Council, State of South Dakota Bright Start Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Unified Judicial System - Court Services, Volunteers of America, Working Against Violence, Inc., Youth and Family Services, and the YMCA of Rapid City.
The first step in a child’s education is teaching them to read.