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INK! (Investing in Kids) FLY program to receive funding during 2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida
INK! (Investing in Kids) leads efforts to benefit educators and students in the St. Johns County, Fla. public school district. The nonprofit is receiving funding from local school students, teachers, and the public.
By: INK! (Investing in Kids)
Pacetti Bay Middle School and Brighton Day Academy, both located in St. Augustine, Fla. will participate in the theme for area fundraising efforts with "Hat's off to literacy". During this time students can pay $1 to teachers for permission to wear a hat during the school day. Dollars and coins collected will be donated to INK!'s Five Learning Years (FLY) program. FLY is designed to improve children's school readiness with the goal to increase graduation rates and to ensure all St. Johns County children, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, are ready for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Public donations are also accepted at INK! through the website at https://ink-
According to Mary Alice Hayes, Director of FLY, after realizing 49 percent of St. Johns County school children in 32084 and 32145 zip code areas were showing up for kindergarten unprepared and not meeting kindergarten standards, the program was developed to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
Hayes is working with Kate Houston, Instructional Literacy Coach at Pacetti Bay Middle School, Tracy Roberts, Principal, and Executive Director and owner Don Sutton at Brighton Day Academy, and Jeff Jones, who serves as Chairman of the Deacons, Deacon, volunteer, and INK!'s FLY partner at Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Literacy Week initiative was started with Just Read, Florida! a statewide reading initiative that prioritizes reading in Florida's public schools and among all the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. Just Read, Florida! is based on the State of Florida's Department of Education latest reading research that includes an emphasis on phonemic awareness (knowing that words are made up of sounds), phonics (the link between sounds and letters), vocabulary (what words mean and how to say them), fluency (the ability to read words accurately and quickly), and comprehension (the ability to understand what you read).
For more information, contact Donna Lueders at 904-547-7120 or email Donna.Lueders@