Hickory Hills Elementary Literacy Program Wins National Award
Hickory Hills Elementary was recently honored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), for their Dragon FIRE (Families Igniting Reading Excitement) reading initiative. The 'Bright Spot' award recognizes innovative approaches to literacy and promising strategies that generate bigger outcomes for students. The Marietta City Schools Board of Education recognized Dragon FIRE during their August meeting.
Launched last October, the literacy group met once a month and continued through the remainder of the school year. It was such a hit, Hickory Hills was able to offer it each week throughout the summer.
The Dragon FIRE reading initiative was initially started with 50 families. The night starts with dinner, then a craft or activity, and then a read aloud that is focused on teaching an easy reading strategy that all parents can try to implement at home.
Dragon FIRE is one of three Bright Spots awarded in Georgia by GLR. The campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states, and communities across the nation to ensure that more children and families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.