When Target Corporation heard of Johnson’s goal to increase literacy this fall, they wanted to help. Target shipped approximately 7,000 books to MPS elementary schools, for each kindergarten student to take home two multi-page books to read over winter break. The books align with the reading skills taught in classrooms. A tip sheet for parents to learn how to help support the development of their child’s reading skills was also sent home with the students.
Reading at Level B means that a student understands the concept of turning pages and following words from left to right, while successfully reading short, pattern-like sentences. Superintendent Johnson set the goal to address the challenges that the Minneapolis Public Schools face in improving student achievement and working toward closing the achievement gap.
“I believe that this work starts with increasing literacy and reading levels of our students,” Johnson said. “I am so appreciative that our staff, our families and the community support us in our efforts. We are thankful for our strong partnership with Target and their commitment to literacy.”