SOW is a mobile library and community center with a fully cataloged library of over 3,000 books, games, arts & crafts supplies and reading area. The bus, which travels throughout Phillips County, serves more than 500 children each year — promoting literacy and providing opportunities for children to play, understand more about the world, and hear the Gospel.
One in four children grows up not knowing how to read.
SOW SUMMER LITERACY
We focus on Lake View and Elaine, small communities in Phillips County where children lack direct access to libraries. We work with local partners, the City of Lake View and Divine Deliverance Church in Elaine, to provide reading and comprehension activities to children in these communities. By providing children access to both fun reading programming and the Stories on Wheels library for reading at home, we are offering students the opportunity to go back to school in August ready to learn at their grade level.
SOW PRE-K LITERACY
We parnter with the Early Childhood Education program at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas to offer supplementary programming for preschoolers at KIPP Delta Public Schools, Helena-West Helena School District, ASU ABC Preschool, and two Head Start locations. TFHAR staff and PCCUA students offer read alouds and activities that match the themes and skills being taught in the classroom. Students and teachers check out books from the Stories on Wheels library for their classroom reading time.
Stories on Wheels
Read IT partners below-grade level readers at Eliza Miller Elementary School with community volunteers for weekly tutoring. Tutors are matched with a student for at least a semester, and are trained by the staff at the Great Rivers Educational Service Cooperative in strategies to help students with reading comprehension and fluency. Through one-on-one support and the relationship with their tutor, students are able to experience reading in a fresh context, developing both skills and love for reading. Read IT began in the fall of 2015 with 30 fourth grade students and 19 community tutors representing a diversity of local businesses and churches.