Summary: Story Walk installation in two locations in Sioux City, Iowa to support literacy development.
Literacy has been identified as a community priority in Sioux City, Iowa, specifically, a report from the Sioux City Public School System identified that fewer than 20% of pre-school children who were on their way to Kindergarten, were fully prepared to learn. Knowing this, a collaborative group of organizations that have come together to support brain development amongst the 0 to 3 age group. It is shown that 95% of the child's brain is formed in the first six years of life and a child's experiences irreversibly affect how the brain develops-for better or worse. The Rotary Club of Sioux City is proposing to install two story walks along popular trails to encourage parents/caregivers to include language and literacy development as they use these paths with young children. The funds will be used to purchase the signboards themselves. These signboards, spaced along a walking path, will include single pages from children's story books that adults can read to very young children or have children read to them as they stroll down the path. The story pages will be in both English and Spanish. Each of the signboards will include a sticker that identifies that these are a project or the Rotary Club of Sioux City with the Rotary International emblem. Rotary club members will be engaged during the installation of the storyboards and in maintaining them over the years. Our intent is to install one in summer of 2021 and then a second one in the summer of 2022. In following years Sioux City Rotary will continue to support this project by updating the story pages contained in the story walk on a monthly basis. One specific goal of this project is to provide an activity, that is accessible to all and supports adult/child interactions, while supporting the brain development, education and literacy.
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