The Skip Prosser Literacy Program is a collaboration between Wake Forest Athletics and the Wake Forest Department of Education with support from the Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit Bookmarks.
Since 2009, Wake Forest Athletics has teamed up with schools in Forsyth County to encourage reading among 4th grade students. The Demon Deacons encourage students to read independently, which includes both in-class and out-of-class independent reading time.
To learn more about the history of the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, see “Reading: The Legacy of Skip Prosser” from Wake Forest Athletics.
In 2017, the Department of Education began collaborating with Wake Forest Athletics to make the Skip Prosser Literacy Program the umbrella for various community-engaged literacy programs that involve undergraduate students and student-athletes from Wake Forest University.
One such project is Dr. Alan Brown’s Paisley Sports Literacy Program, a weekly after-school club for eighth-grade boys with an interest in sports. The program meets for two hours each week at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program is led by Dr. Alan Brown from the Department of Education, Wake Forest students Michael Allen and Kyle McKenzie, and Ms. Bailey Allman, an eighth grade English teacher at Paisley IB Magnet School and a graduate of Wake Forest University.