Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools are running out of time to define a future for BUILD Academy, whose weak academic performance is impairing its prospects.

Photo courtesy of Born Learning Trail

A campaign to help improve literacy among children is coming to Buffalo.

Community group promotes summer reading

Jun 4, 2017
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

School children in Buffalo are encouraged to pick up a book during the upcoming summer vacation and read.

Photo by Waverly Colville / WBFO News

The school year may be ending soon, but that doesn’t mean learning should stop. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 15th annual Reading Rules Summer Reading Challenge on Friday, a program to boost literacy in Buffalo’s schools.

A local literacy specialist is encouraging families to make sure they are supporting reading for their children. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Judy Bradbury, a local literacy specialist and co-author of Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Stamp out illiteracy and bring on the bedtime stories. Those are the goals of an effort to highlight the importance of reading to children for at least 15 minutes a day.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Children all across Buffalo are being encouraged to read this summer. Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 12th annual Reading Rules program Tuesday. As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, the reading challenge is designed to help students in Kindergarten through 12th grade improve their reading and writing skills while they are away from the classroom for the summer.

clevercupcakes / via Flickr

Reading Rainbow is back - but not on TV.

Host LeVar Burton has revived the popular franchise, which ran for 26 years on PBS, as an app for tablets.

The medium may be different, but the mission is the same: promoting children's literature.

"Television is a one-way medium," Burton says. "You are presenting your finished product to an audience and they absorb it.

"The great thing about an app is that it is designed to be an interactive experience."

Abdi Hussein sits in a cramped classroom full of old metal chairs that clank and scrape the faded tile floor.

Here he learns English idioms like “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

It’s a long way from Somalia, where Hussein struggled to find food and lived in constant fear of being dragged into the country’s ongoing civil war.

“There’s horrible things,” Hussein says. “People kill each other. That’s why we get help to get in here. People call us the refugee.”

Hussein lives in a growing Somali community in Buffalo - where inexpensive housing has proven fertile ground for ethnic neighborhoods made up largely of refugees.

Reading for a record, and for a cause

Oct 6, 2011

In several locations throughout Western New York and the nation this morning, volunteers were reading the children's book "Llama Llama Red Pajama." The mass reading of this popular book had two goals... first, to set a world record and second, and more importantly, to raise awareness of early educational gaps caused when children are not reading at an early age.