The Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation operates 21st Century Community Learning Centers sites in six elementary schools, which together serve approximately 270 students in K-6. Their program focus is literacy – and myON is a key component, according to Program Director Whitley Clements.
Student Lexile® reading levels have grown an average of 51L during the current school year alone, as a result of effective in-program activity and a strong program-to-home independent reading component.
During the afterschool program students have a set schedule each day, which includes homework time followed by a 15-minute independent reading or literacy block. “The kids jump onto myON during homework or literacy time,” Mrs. Clements explained.
Students are encouraged to continue reading outside of school and program time. The digital nature of myON makes it possible in this rural community, where access to public libraries is difficult and sometimes cost-prohibitive.
They download free mobile apps onto their tablets to enable them to read when they don’t have access to WIFI. “Parents really enjoy it, too!” Mrs. Clements said. “Kids are even reading in the car. It keeps them occupied and it’s not just a video game.”