When Zarria started with By The Hand in fifth grade, she was reading at a second-grade level. Although that is a huge gap, it didn’t intimidate Zarria one bit. She was determined to improve her reading skills week by week.

We are excited to report that after just one year, Zarria is now reading at the same level as her peers! In addition, her team leaders boast about Zarria’s change in demeanor: she’s one of our most well-behaved and polite students. Zarria’s determination and demeanor make her a natural leader. We love seeing her thrive at By The Hand!

Zarria is proof that with the right support and the right tools, amazing things are possible! The power of community and care allow Zarria to be one difference maker in her own city!

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