WAFI (Wray Area Foundation, Inc.) and the Wray School District Education Foundation have granted money to Wray High School to continue its Reading Plus program. Reading Plus, a computer based program, is designed to improve reading comprehension and speed. Over the past year, Reading Plus has enabled WHS 9th and 10th grade students to achieve significant gains. These generous local foundations have recently donated the necessary funds for this beneficial support program.
WHS has been using the program through a grant from the NE BOCES. Because the grant monies end May 31, 2015, WHS staff and administrators began looking for other funding. WAFI, a local foundation noted for supporting Wray area educational endeavors, was joined by he Wray School District Education Foundation to grant enough funds to support the program for 9th and 10th graders during the 2015-16 school year.
Studies have shown that due to traditional instructional practices, most students read approximately the same speed that they talk. Since most reading instruction ends when students begin to read silently to themselves, they never learn to read faster than they speak. Studies also show that people who can read faster comprehend more and retain material better.
Reading Plus’s differentiated instruction challenges each student at his/her level. WHS English instructor Kelley Rebis states, “The results of this supplemental instruction are superb. The program’s intrinsic incentives and rewards support student success. Reading Plus is unlike other programs because it does not have a limited focus on a specific student group; we are so pleased to have a supplemental program that addresses the needs of every student.” This instruction is available on student iPads both at school and home.
Rebis also states, “WAFI’s and Wray School District Education Foundation’s support allows WHS to continue use of a phenomenal tool for improving student learning. Organizations like these make Wray an excellent place to live, teach, and learn.” WHS staff and administration would like to thank WAFI and Wray School District Education Foundation for their generous assistance.
Lance Bohall, WAFI president, added that the Wray Area Foundation’s commitment to our youth has been aided through generous donations and endowments from our citizens and welcomes any interest from benefactors who would like to see this continue.
Submitted by Ms. Kelley Rebis