For schools around the country, this semester has brought upon new ways of teaching and communication. Classrooms have been relocated to Zoom video calls as teachers have been finding creative ways to teach their students from home. In the South Dallas neighborhood of Mill City, families are struck by the realities of poverty, so these obstacles are more difficult to work around. HP Pres has been partnering with Dunbar Elementary school through Reading Buddies, a program that helps students gain the reading skills and confidence to succeed, breaking the generational cycle of poverty in their neighborhood. Through the one-on-one time spent reading with these kids, test scores have increased by 37% showing a tangible difference in the life of our city.
With the new social distancing rules in place, our partnership with Dunbar Elementary has continued while we wade through these unprecedented times. As the school year wrapped up, our Reading Buddies volunteers gathered online with Dunbar Elementary staff and students to reconnect and celebrate the end of the semester! The giggling students were so excited to reconnect with their favorite Reading Buddies after the brief time apart. With everyone coming together, this Zoom call showed a beautiful picture of everyone learning together to best love these kids and do the best to will the good for their life.
Looking toward a new school year, the Dunbar Elementary School staff is working extra hard to find ways for their students to continue improving their reading skills through Reading Buddies. Even with summer break here, these teachers and administration have been going above and beyond their call of duty and still working full school days to give hope to this community. As we find ways to best partner with Dunbar, please pray specifically for the staff, students, and their families. While we are still figuring how Reading Buddies will continue this Fall, the need for volunteers is great. Find more information, or sign up to stay in the loop at hppres.org/reading-buddies.