Deerpark CBS recently finished running an innovative programme to help promote literacy in the school. In conjunction with SUAS, which is an educational development organisation, the school ran the AcceleRead Accelewrite Programme which is an intensive structured phonic based intervention. Volunteer mentors and students work one-to-one using a computer with text to speech software to improve reading, writing, spelling, and listening skills. This initiative lasted for five weeks and involved the students spending 40 minutes each afternoon, for four days, using the software to help improve their literacy.
There were many benefits to running the programme other than the obvious one of improving literacy. The students improved their IT and communication skills and showed themselves to be committed to a five week programme. They also built up a relationship with their mentors who encouraged and supported them along the way.
At the end of the programme there was a recognition ceremony and both students and mentors were presented with certificates and commended. Aoife Collins, who works with SUAS in Cork and who was instrumental in setting up the programme, congratulated the students and thanked the mentors who gave of their time and effort so generously to work with the students. She encouraged the students to keep on reading and quoted Dr Seuss who said, ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.’ School principal, Kevin Barry, thanked Aoife and SUAS for their work with school’s students and said it was a wonderful initiative and example of how the school works with outside people and organisations so as to provide the best service to its students.
You can read more about the programme by clicking on the link below.