Literacy Spotlight: Open Door Preschool Project

Sep 23, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Since 2008, the Open Door Preschool Project—supported in part by a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant—has provided a positive culture of learning and literacy to students at Open Door Preschool, which serves children from low-income, non-English-speaking families in East Dallas.

As part of the service-learning project, students from The University of Texas at Arlington read aloud weekly to students attending Open Door Preschool. The university students participate in the project as part of a children’s literature course that is required as preparation to become elementary teachers.

The project culminates with a family literacy event where each child receives a tote bag that contains the books that were read aloud, making it possible for the children to have six books by the end of the school year. The teachers at Open Door also receive a set of the books at the end of the project to continue reading aloud to the students.

Read more about the Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program and see what literacy initiatives are being championed by this year’s grant winners.