Chapter 1: A literacy crisis in San Antonio
Turn The Page is a new KENS 5 initiative, in partnership with IDEA Public Schools, to raise awareness and educate parents and caregivers about the importance of reading and to provide children and teens with access to books. The goal is to help increase literacy in San Antonio.
The stakes could not be higher. The areas of San Antonio with the lowest literacy levels are also the areas with the highest levels of poverty, according to Literacy San Antonio.
In fact, one in four children in San Antonio lives at or below poverty level, according to U.S. Census figures. Books are simply a luxury that many families cannot afford, yet they are essential to a child's development.
Improving literacy is important to the future of our city. Help us "Turn The Page" on San Antonio's literacy crisis.
Chapter 2: Exercise your kid's brain this summer
Reading over summer vacation may not be a priority for children, but it should be. Why? Summer reading is critical to a child's ability to not only retain information learned the previous year, but also to grow knowledge and comprehension skills for the upcoming year. Kids who read consistently are able to stay ahead of their classmates during the school year.
Encourage your children to read this summer or read aloud to small children. Books can open up a world of adventure and spark the imagination.
- Visit a library in your community and allow your kids to pick a few books to take home.
- Make it fun by creating a reading challenge game or contest with your kids.
- Have older kids read books as part of a series to build up excitement and anticipation.
- Find books that are available on audiotape and listen while driving with your kids.
Downloadable reading book lists for your children’s summer reading pleasure are provided by KENS 5 Turn The Page and our sponsor IDEA Public Schools:
Chapter 3: Read me a story...
Snuggle up with your kids and enjoy KENS 5 Storytime!
Join us every Wednesday at 7 p.m. throughout the summer to watch KENS 5 personalities read popular children’s books from mostly Texas authors.
The selected books are most appropriate for kids 9 years old and younger.
Chapter 4: About IDEA Public Schools
IDEA Public Schools is our KENS 5 Turn The Page sponsor for 2021.
IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K through 12 public charter schools in the United States.
IDEA serves more than 66,000 college-bound students in 120 schools across Texas and Southern Louisiana and is on track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. In 2021–2022, IDEA Public Schools will have 30 schools on 15 campuses in the San Antonio region
Learn more about IDEA Public Schools at https://ideapublicschools.org.
The KENS 5 Turn The Page Literacy Initiative is a paid partnership with IDEA Public Schools.