A Sarasota Success Story Dinner, Cafe Baci, Thursday, 05. December 2019

Two months ago, Taylor, a second grader in the Newtown area of Sarasota, couldn’t read and didn’t know that letters had sounds.
Taylor is a common example of the education achievement gap. What is that gap? It’s the disparity in academic performance between white and minority students, and it’s a problem that has persisted for over fifty years. On a large scale, this gap increases crime, welfare, and poverty. In Sarasota alone, 14,000 students read below grade level.
Now, just two months later Taylor is reading at second grade level—he gained two years in two months. What made the difference?
This fall, Bishop Stanford Perkins and Pastor Theresa Perkins, longtime Newtown residents, opened a private school in Newtown where Stephen Guffanti, MD, tutors students using Rocket Phonics, a reading program that creates rapid reading gains. Dr. Guffanti began tutoring Newtown students this summer, and these gains caught the attention of parents.
For generations the achievement gap has led to a cycle of poverty, welfare and crime. It has created a climate of hopelessness. It is said that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Come meet the students whose longing is being fulfilled. Let’s discuss ways to share this solution so that all students can eat from the tree of life. Come for dinner December 5th, at Café Baci from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm.

Thursday, 05. December 2019, Cafe Baci, A Sarasota Success Story Dinner

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