Books and Children, Parents and Children

Thanks to a $4,497 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and Verizon, more than 125 grade K-2 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in Atlantic City’s elementary schools (Atlantic County) will enjoy literacy services beyond the school day. In BAC-PAC (Books and Children-Parents and Children), the student/family at-home learning connection will be facilitated to achieve increased proficiency in both language acquisition and content area.

BAC-PAC is a family literacy model that will ultimately result in LEP children becoming good readers who enjoy reading. A strong component of this model is the inclusion of the family. Educators Jamie Bennett, Sunae Usyk, Gaetana Sclafani, and Rashmi Dixit will send a back-pack home which contains a cassette player, books with read-along audio cassette tapes, a blank cassette tape to record home reading, a student journal to record student responses to the readings, and a Home Reading Record form to record parent/caregiver/family member responses to the readings.

Classroom follow-up activities such as sharing of journal entries and interactive and shared readings will take place during the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the school day. Parent Center volunteers will assist with class activities, to record books on tape if needed, and to read stories to children. Another component of the program will introduce families to the public library system and encourage them to use the public library.

For further information, contact:

Jamie Bennett
(609) 226-2370