What if you started every day at school feeling checked out, distracted, anxious, and behind?

When students aren’t reading at grade level, every part of their school experience suffers. Not only is reading a foundational skill for success in college and career, but it also directly impacts a student’s self-confidence and excitement about learning.

Eugene’s Churchill High School is grappling with a big challenge: students must pass reading proficiency in order to graduate, but approximately 30% of all incoming 9th graders are not reading at grade level.

A grant from EEF enabled the literacy intervention program at Churchill to fill the gap for nearly 200 struggling readers. This intensive program relies on EEF to fund new materials and books to keep these students engaged and on track. Without EEF’s support, literacy intervention programs across the district would not be able to meet the needs of their students.