“The Story Doesn’t End Right There:” The Statisticks Lottery

Have you ever found yourself replaying a video over and over because it’s that good? This video is about Jaime, a student from a poor family, and Jordan, his peer with more educational opportunities.

Students like Jaime are up to 2.5 school years behind Jordan in critical reading skills by the time they reach the 3rd grade. Students like Jaime are also more likely to drop out of high school and be unqualified to work 90% of jobs as adults. All of this simply because Jaime was born into a poorer family in a poorer community.

“Wait just one minute there, folks!” the narrator interjects. What happens next is inspiring.

The video made by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading shows how the 150+ communities working with the Campaign are dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. And fortunately for all of us, there’s a whole sector of human services organizations dedicated to the same thing.

“There’s a whole lot of folks out there that believe neither luck, nor lottery, nor zip codes should dictate Jaime’s future. Who also believe that our schools can’t do it alone.” I love this part of the video.

Watch the video, advocate for and support the goals and solutions outlined in the video, and share it widely.

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