In Rhode Island the average cost of white bread is $2.37 while the average cost of a childrens book is $7.75 for paperback and $18.16 for hardcover. This price disparity gives the arents of over 43,280 children in the state a choice of which to pick every day.
The most important grade for those almost 45,000 children is 3rd grade. According to the Annie E. Casey foundation, poor children who fail to read proficiently by third grade are six times more likely to not graduate high school. Students in the core cities of Rhode Island, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence, only 24% of students meet or exceed the third grade expectation that shape their future.
The National Literacy Trust has found that 92% of students who own their own books read at or above grade school expecation. In response to that statstic and the constant need for book Books are Wins is the only organization in Rhode Island who meets this need by putting free books in the hands of children from birth to middle school utilizing community donations of new and gently used books.
During the 2016/17 school year Books are Wings has given over 50,000 books to over 12,000 students, both numbers that are continuing to grow. We gain our books through book donations of books ages birth to teen. Serving predominantly Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence we have events in schools across the cities. At partner schools we host events that read in every classroom, attend two events during the year with parents, and attend recess the week before summer vacation. At all of these events students are able to pick out two books of their own to bring home.
Books are Wings is working to help grow the minds of thousands of students in Rhode Island through books that peak the vareity of interests that fill elementary schools.
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