Connecting Children with Reading 2017-11-20T14:43:23+00:00

Connecting Children With Reading (CCWR)

CCWR is an innovative reading program whose goals are to:

  • increase a student’s ability to identify sight words
  • improve fluency and comprehension


Community Bookshelf Article

(Florida Today, August 21, 2017)

It is a place where customers step in to lounge about and hear the latest sports news, catch up on talk about politics, life advice or neighborhood changes, even as barbers like Robert Tyson trim away hair.

And if Tyson has his way, his Smove Cuts Unisex Salon will soon be a place where the writings by Dr. Seuss or stories about the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ might also turn up in the bustling barber shop. In just a few weeks, Tyson’s shop will receive a hand-painted community bookshelf from the Connecting Children With Reading program, with hopes of having his younger clients put down cellphones for books.

“I think the bookshelf is a great idea. Several years ago I was still trying to do something like that by having some of my (clients) mentor the kids while they were in the shop,” said Tyson, who has owned his shop, a landmark in the south Melbourne area, for 25 years.

The 53-year-old was contacted by members of the Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. over the summer and asked if he would join with their ongoing efforts to help the neighborhood’s children – particularly young boys – embrace reading.

Tyson quickly agreed.