Reading Takes More than a Book

Reading Takes More than a Book
Our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Nadia, preps a SuperSensory Literacy Space.

Our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Nadia, preps a SuperSensory Literacy Space.

Imagine being a third grader who loves books, but doesn’t have the tools to read well. To help engage children with learning challenges, The Shadow Project will notch an Oregon first in May with the unveiling of a unique SuperSensory Literacy Space, as part of Portland Public Schools Read Together initiative.

Shadow’s SuperSensory Literacy spaces are a research-based collection of audio and print books, headphones, fidget toys, isometric seats, and other items designed to meet the needs of students who learn differently. Rosa Parks Elementary School in North Portland will pilot Shadow’s first SuperSensory Literacy Center, part of Portland Public Schools’ Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative to help boost reading scores and strengthen literacy at five high-needs schools.

“This will be very exciting to the kids,” said Kim Giarelli, one of two Rosa Parks learning center teachers. “It will be great having a set, or series, of high-interest readable books. I think the sensory items will be very popular, especially the squishy items.”

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