SCS Home Engagement Incentive Program

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Message from Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray

One of my earliest memories as a child was learning to read. Having a strong foundation of literacy has

led me to become the accomplished person that I am today. What we know is, if children do not have a

strong foundation in literacy by the third grade, the consequences are dire and ripple throughout the

span of their lives. Research shows that 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.

Those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school, four times more likely to be

arrested, and are more likely to suffer from unemployment and poverty. As a District, it is imperative

that we build a strong foundation of literacy for our students so that they have the best chance at life.

One of the core priorities of Shelby County Schools is Strengthening Early Literacy. We know that

without a strong foundation in literacy, children are left behind in the beginning of their education. I am

calling upon males in the greater Memphis community to join me in Reimagining 901 through improving

literacy. Among the many tools that are made available to students, the SCS Home Engagement

Incentive Program is one that incentivizes PreK through 3 rd grade students, parents, and school staff for

encouraging engagement with literacy tools beyond the school walls. This program utilizes fun and

captivating videos that teach phonics and reinforce foundational literacy skills through music and

kinesthetic learning. Students are encouraged to watch at least 20 minutes of content a night to not only

support literacy gains, but to also win incentives for participating. Parents, teachers, and principals are

also eligible for monetary incentives for their support and encouragement of student participation.


Funding for this incentive program totals $17,000. This cost covers weekly prizes for students per grade

band, program prizes for students valued at up to $100 per grade band, and monetary prizes for

parents, teachers, and principals of $1,000 per grade band. I ask that you support us in ensuring literacy

gains for our students by committing $1,000 toward this program. In return, we will include mention of

your contribution in a promotional program video, we will recognize you though our broadcasting

channels, 88.5 and C19, and will invite you to join us at a thank you reception at the culmination of the

program. Your contribution is also tax deductible. The program will launch in mid-November through

early January.


Many of you, like myself, can attribute our success to many tangible skills, including literacy. I hope that

you will join me in building a strong foundation of literacy for the success of our children.

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