1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarden is brought to the 4 to 5 year old students in the Martin County Head Start/VPK programs to promote reading. This experience creates a positive lifelong love of books, an increased vocabulary, and expands these students' horizons.

During the 2018-2019 school year, through a one year grant, 482 students in Martin County Head Start and Title I voluntary pre-kindergarten classes successfully participated and completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Teachers read a minimum of five books a day to the students. The students tracked their reading in journals and with classroom wall displays. At major benchmarks on their way to reading 1000 books, the students were given prize books to take home and own for their family libraries.

Each student receives spiral notebooks, bookmarks, classroom wall displays and three prize
books. The teachers and the Library track reading progress online through www.mcls.beanstack.org.
Listed Below are the schools in each community.

Indiantown:
Over 140 kids
• Perkins Head start (6 classrooms)(Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)
• Warfield Elementary Title I VPK (Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)

Stuart Community:
Over 60 kids
• JD Parker Title I VPK (Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)
• E. 10th Street Head Start (2 classrooms) (Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)

Jensen Community:
Over 40 kids
• Jensen Beach Elementary (Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)
• Felix Williams Elementary (Funded by the Community Foundation Martin-St.Lucie)

Hobe Sound Community:
Over 40 kids
• Dunbar Early Learning Center,Banner Lake Community (Funded by the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust)
• Hobe Sound Elementary (Funded by the Hobe Sound Community Chest)

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