- Friends Jeremy Rhett, Jennifer Rhett, and Carla Stanford, worry over reading proficiency in public school students.
- Carla takes a class in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction and begins successfully implementing the strategies in her 1st grade public school classrooms.
- Jeremy, Jen, and Carla realize the best way to reach struggling readers is through their most valuable resource—their teachers.
- REAP is born!
- REAP will fund training for public school teachers in the foundations of reading instruction, specifically multisensory, systematic, and direct phonics instruction.
February – April 2013
- REAP receives 35 applications from public school teachers, and partners with the Decatur Education Foundation and IDA-GA to fund the training for 12 public school teachers.
- REAP partners with The Schenck School to provide the training using nationally recognized experts.
- REAP receives over 100 applications and raises over $95,000.
- REAP partners with The Swift School and GeorgiaETA to provide additional nationally recognized instructors for the training.
- 74 public school teachers enter the training program.
- REAP joins the national organization Coalition for Reading Excellence.
- REAP for Roswell, a committee developed to raise funds for training teachers in Roswell and throughout Fulton County, kicks off the year by hosting an awareness event and raising funds to train teachers in Roswell and Fulton County schools.
- Teachers are overwhelmingly thrilled with the training and the results they are seeing in the classroom with typical, advanced, and struggling readers.
- REAP receives 216 applications for training and accepts 94 teachers.
- REAP begins shoulder-to-shoulder coaching and modeling to further the development of teachers already trained.