Ariyah and her Family, a single mom and 3 little girls, came to us seeking resources provided by our annual Stuff the Bus campaign.We supplied Ariyah with a backpack, school supplies and uniforms to help her start off the school year at Fern Hill elementary. Through casual conversation, Mom expressed her concerns about Ariyah’s reading level to our Fern Hill site coordinator, Judy Merritt. Ariyah was first on Judy’s referral list for the “All Star Readers” program that kicks off early each fall. She started out a little slow her and her reading score was 18 (1st grade level), based on the DRA provided by a Fern Hill teacher. When she tested in May this year, her teacher was so excited about her results, that she called her site coordinator right away to let her know that Ariyah had scored a 30! This was 2 points above the academic goal they had set during her student intake at the beginning of the school year.