G.F. Firefighter visits to local school a success
During the 2011-12 school year, Granite Falls firefighters visited Mountain Way Elementary School to help kindergarteners with improving their reading skills.
Firefighters visited twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to read aloud and recite difficult words to build the students’ vocabularies.
Fire Chief Jim Haverfield explained, "We don't read to them, they read to us. They take the task seriously and want to show the firefighters how much they’ve progressed."
Kindergarteners were tested early in fall and spring on their reading performance, and there was quite a difference in test results. With the participation and support from firefighters, there was an average of a 23 percent increase in testing scores. Kindergarteners were tested in areas such as letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation, and nonsense word fluency.
The kindergarteners made impressive gains.
The Kindergarten AM Class 1 increased their Fall benchmark of 28 percent to a Spring benchmark of 50 percent.
The Kindergarten AM Class 2 increased their Fall benchmark of 37 percent to a Spring benchmark of 56 percent.
The Kindergarten PM Class 1 increased their Fall benchmark of 28 percent to a Spring benchmark of 71 percent, and the PM Class 2 increased their Fall benchmark of 955 to a Spring benchmark of 100 percent.
Granite Falls Fire Chief Jim Haverfield is pleased with the results and the impact it has had on the kindergarteners.
He commented, “We look forward to continuing the program with the kindergarteners and we are eager to see their improvement over the year.”