On our Day of Action, we invite Rhode Islanders to join us as we sort, label, and package the books collected through our Children’s Book Drive.
Join us Saturday, June 18
Here’s why we focus on literacy on Day of Action:
- Children who are not proficient in reading by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school than proficient readers, profoundly affecting their future earnings.
- Almost 30% of all fourth graders in Rhode Island score below proficient in reading skills (2013 NECAP). For low-income fourth graders, 42% score below proficient in reading skills.
- Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home. Access to print materials improves children’s reading performance, and produces improvement in their attitudes toward reading and learning.