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New Reading Program Making An Impact In Blaine County

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By Rachel Holt

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Learning how to read in just four lessons?

It almost seems too good to be true, but that's exactly what Narda Pitkethly claims can be done with the program she has developed.

“It was inspired by the Japanese because they have the highest literacy rate in the world because of some symbols they have underneath their complicated language. So I adapted the Japanese system for English,” Pitkethly explains.

“It’s so much faster and easier than the traditional methods of reading that teachers will have more time to teach students to read wonderful books, to interact… they won't have to spend so much time teaching someone to read,” adds Leslie Andrews, who helps with the program.

“There is a literacy crisis in the United States; one in four children grows up not reading in Idaho, one in three children grows up not knowing how to read,” Pitkethly points out.

The program is being developed for reading levels of all kinds.

It was recently implemented at the Blaine County Jail where Nardagani is helping inmates learn how to read.

“I was skeptical at first, and after seeing the inmates learn to read and a young man who was autistic and I’ve seen him progress from not being able to read a single word and now he's reading fourth grade reading books,” Andrews says.

“Literacy is the bridge between misery and hope,” Pitkethly adds.

Reading as a sign of hope and excitement for the future.


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