Girls Inc: Bookworm Club

Grants for Good

For the past 56 years, Girls Inc. Chattanooga has supported nearly 1,000 girls annually in their efforts to be healthy, educated and independent. The organization is currently seeking funding to expand one of its most impactful programs to date, the Bookworm Club.  This Club is aimed at building upon the work of Chattanooga 2.0, United Way, Read20 and others to increase early childhood literacy rates for first to third grade girls through the provision of intensive after-school programming.

Currently, 43% of students in the state of Tennessee are reading at grade level by 3rd grade. For the three local schools that would benefit from this program expansion (Woodmore Elementary, Hardy Elementary and Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence) current 3rd grade reading proficiency rates are 28%, 33% and 36% respectively.

In response to the need for additional literacy resources, Girls, Inc. would like to expand the Bookworm Club program from two to four days a week and serve an additional 14 girls. To date, this program has achieved tremendous success with 89% of girls reading at grade level by the 3rd grade.  Funding will be used to support field trips and literacy activities, transportation of girls from their schools to Brainerd United Methodist Church, food and supplies, staff and other related expenses.  Recognizing that literacy impacts learning on all levels, Girls Inc. staff work with participants’ teachers to not only ensure that Bookworm programming aligns with classroom learning but to also provide additional support in efforts to improve participants’ behavior and school attendance. Program impact will be measured through pre and post DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) tests.

Request Amount: $20,000
Community Foundation Grant: $10,000
Funding Gap: $10,000