Title: Literacy for the Little Ones
Location: ICEF Vista Elementary Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Demographics: 1% White, 1% Asian, 2% Filipino, 11% African American, 80% Latino, 84% Free or Reduced Lunch Program.
Project Description: One of the greatest determinants of students’ success is their literacy level. 2/3 of students that do not read proficiently by fourth grade will end up on welfare or incarcerated. This month we are tackling this issue by partnering with Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Vista Elementary Academy’s Alma Nuñez. Ms. Nuñez is starting an after school book club for her 3rd-5th grade students to help them enhance their reading and writing skills. RIOT is going to support this project by using funds from our shirt sales to purchase culturally relevant and engaging books for the students that participate in the club. Help us get these children on the path to achievement, and inspire a love for reading by supporting this project.
RIOT Funding: We will be providing a minimum of $200.00 to fund the cost of purchasing reading materials for the book club.
Inspiration behind the design: The purpose of each design we produce is to generate dialogue and critical thinking about social inequities, leading to societal transformation. This month our featured design “Literacy for the Little Ones”, depicts images of a pen and a sword, with the quote “The pen is mightier than the sword”. The meaning behind theses images and quote is that through inspiring and supporting students in their acquisition of literacy they will in turn be able to use these literacy skills as a tool to navigate and change existing social structures. It is vital that we get young children on track to developing their literacy skills because 85% of juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate (www.begintoread.com). The ability to read and write critically are crucial skills that youth need in order to use knowledge as a means to “rebel intelligently”.