Editor’s note: This feature appeared recently on Step Up For Students’ marketing blog.
Lindsey Pawlishen was so confident she would pass her love of reading to her daughter that she asked for and received children’s books instead of traditional gifts at the baby shower. She began reading to Samantha when Samantha was an infant expecting to instill that love of reading.
But Samantha didn’t love reading.
“I didn’t understand it,” Lindsey said, “because everybody said if you read to your kids as soon as they are born, they’re going to be readers, but that didn’t work.”
It would turn out that Samantha’s lack of interest had something to do with the fact she struggled to read. She scored low on the English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessments as a third grader during the 2020-21 school year.
The scholarship was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading. Those who scored a 1 or 2 on the third- or fourth-grade English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessments in the prior year are eligible.
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