Date: December 1, 2005
Department: Political Science / Center for Policy Analysis
Dr. Clyde W. Barrow, Director of the Center for Policy analysis, said, “The ability to read, comprehend, and write is a fundamental skill in the new information society. Fall River’s future literally depends on students who master these skills.”
Fall River Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr. said, "I want to thank the UMass Center for Policy Analysis for their generous donation of dictionaries to the students at Morton. The students participate in a 'Book of the Month' club as part of the America's Choice program and these dictionaries will help them with their reading, vocabulary and with looking up any difficult words. The type of support our educational community continues to receive from institutions of higher learning such as UMass is vitally important."
Morton Middle School kicked off its new reading program with a student assembly. The reading program is in support of the new America’s Choice curriculum adopted by the Fall River Public Schools. Teachers will read students a new book each month, many of which deal with adolescent issues. Teachers and students will participate in discussions aimed at enhancing reading skills and comprehension across all curriculums, with the ultimate goal of motivating students to read and increase literacy levels.
Karen Fairhurst, 7th grade Reading Language Arts teacher at Morton, said “It is great to see how excited the students are getting about reading. Many have read more books this school year than in all previous years combined.”
The program also selects “Rising Star” readers who are nominated weekly by their teachers and are honored by the school. Mayor Lambert congratulated the first group of Rising Stars at Thursday’s assembly. Local businesses have also offered rewards for avid readers.
The Center For Policy Analysis has been a partner with the Fall River Public Schools since 1995, when it produced its first Community Report Card for the school system.