Literacy

Improving Literacy for at-risk children in our community.

Without question, strong literacy skills contribute to a person’s success in all aspects of life. Reading and comprehension skills must be developed and reinforced at a young age to ensure that the child has the foundational tools needed to reach his/her full potential in life.

The research is clear:

  • By the end of 3rd grade, children reading at grade level are 4X more likely to graduate high school.
  • 2 out of 3 students who can’t read well by the end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare.
  • Some states project their future prison needs based on 3rd grade literacy scores.

Tutor and child at Windsor Oaks ElementaryThat’s why the Life Enrichment Center focuses on improving literacy for at-risk children in our community. LEC establishes Technology & Literacy Labs within selected Title I elementary schools, purchasing new computers, furniture, head-phones and resource materials for each T & L Lab. Each week, volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students, helping them to improve language and reading skills including phonics, grammar, sentence structure, writing, vocabulary and reading comprehension. More than 5,000 students have benefited from the LEC Literacy Initiative since 2007.

Tutor and child at College Park Elementary
What's Your Favorite Kid's Book at LEC Banquet 2016
Josue and Natashia Souza at LEC Banquet 2016
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Police officers at LEC Banquet 2016
Norfolk Police Teach Chess at Richard Bowling Elementary

Norfolk Police Teach Chess at Richard Bowling Elementary

Voted LEC Partner of the Year in 2016, tutors from the Norfolk Police Department have impacted hundreds of children in Hampton Roads. But one hour a week to help with tutoring wasn’t enough. NPD Corporal David Benjamin decided to teach children chess. In...
Expanding into Virginia Beach and Beyond

Expanding into Virginia Beach and Beyond

When the LEC began nonprofit work in 2007, we had a modest goal – help children in Norfolk Public Schools become proficient readers. During the last 10 years, we have been blessed to expand our operation, and now serve fourteen public schools in the Hampton...
ARDX – Empowered to Impact the Community

ARDX – Empowered to Impact the Community

A passion for improving the health of children and raising literacy rates led to a natural partnership between ARDX and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk, one of the schools served by the Life Enrichment Center. For its commitment and dedication to children, ARDX was...