Stay Focused on the Future ceremony today

52 students ranging from kindergarten through seventh grade showed off their new reading skills today at Edinboro University.  These students were members of a Stay Focused on the Future program that teaches kids literacy, goal setting, and problem solving skills.

The non-profit organization tested students' reading abilities were tested at the beginning of the program and then honed their skills for five weeks reading and writing, with a little physical activity in between.  The kids were tested at the end of their five weeks and they showed off their progress, reading for the crowd at the ceremony today.

The Stay Focused for the Future program is in its fourth year.  Organizers say the even was made possible through community support, including the EMTA, which provided bussing twice a day, five days a week.  Also, local businesses and individuals provided free meals, tee shirts, and more.

Chairperson of the Early Childhood and Reading Department, Doctor Mary Jo Melvin, PhD, says, "My suggestion is to just read and have fun with reading. Read cereal boxes. Read environmental print that is out there. And again, let children catch you reading, because it's good to be a model. If they see you reading, then they're going to read."

For more information, you can check out the Stay Focused on the Future facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stayfocusedFTF/.

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