Laura Newberry is passionate about mentoring young mothers as she has had many amazing mentors in her life. Laura is a part of a Mentoring Mother’s program and opens her home and her heart to help guide these young women to be the best mother possible to their children.
Dan Newberry has a passion for reading and inspiring children to learn to read starting with his four children that he reads to each night.
This passion inspired Dan to start the Paul Revere Reading Society, a program that links current political figures with historical founding fathers and literary characters to promote reading and literacy among elementary age children.
“When you teach a child to read, they have many more opportunities ahead of them. I am honored to play a small part in giving children this opportunity to learn,” says Dan Newberry.
According to a study conducted in April 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.
Dan’s mission is to improve these statistics starting with 3rd grade classrooms in Oklahoma with the Paul Revere Reading Society. The program is a 6-8 week program that kicks off with historical figures such as Paul Revere, Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington and more coming to the classroom and explain the program to the children. The program works closely with teachers who distribute points to students for every book they read. At the end of the program, Dan Newberry and the historical figures reward the children as they become privates and generals and are honored for reading.