Amber’s story – The power of one day
The first day of school is such a milestone day for most children on many levels. The children’s level of readiness for school on day one is a predictor for future successes at school, thus, it is indeed an important day.
With that in mind, the days that lead up to the first day of school are vital.
Amber was a shy 3-year-old living in a highly vulnerable demographic area. We met Amber on day one of the United We Read Imagination Library program and registered her and her little sister, Jade, as child one and two in the United We Read Program Imagination Library. From April 2014, Amber and Jade received the gift of books every month from United Way South Australia.
Two years later, in April 2016, Amber had now turned 5-years-old and had graduated from the United We Read Imagination Library program. When Amber stood on the school grounds for her First Day moment at school was she ready for school?
United Way SA contacted her Mum to find out how Amber went on her first day and how Amber was progressing with her reading at school. Amber’s mother proudly told us that she was on reading level 15, level above her peers.
During the 2-year period when we first met Amber, she has had her own set of challenges. As a 4-year-old, her parents separated and Amber did not cope well with this new change at home. The family home was sold and the three of them moved to a new home in another area. Mum went out to work and Amber started school.
Alongside these challenges, Amber continued to receive the monthly books through the United We Read Imagination Library program. This meant Amber had access to quality books and her Mum made every effort to read regularly with her children. The three of them regularly attended United We Read events held in the community.
So I ask you again, on day one, was Amber school ready? Yes, she sure was!
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