Twins Alisson and Carol are second graders at Sheffield Elementary School, where only 58% of its students met state reading standards last year. Luckily, Alisson and Carol participate in the Operation Pathways Brighten-Up afterschool program.
While they speak mostly Spanish at home, Alisson and Carol have excelled in English, thanks to the afterschool reading program. Carol improved her reading by one grade level, reaching fifth grade comprehension, and Alisson gained two grade levels, reaching seventh grade comprehension.
While new immigrant families struggle to assimilate and simultaneously provide for their children’s basic needs, NHPF and Operation Pathways cooperate to ensure safety and stability in their affordable housing, granting them necessary skills to become successful, self-sufficient citizens. Alisson and Carol are certainly on that path.
Where Alisson and Carol live matters.