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Maureen Rover is boosting elementary school literacy rates by instilling a lifelong love and enthusiasm for reading in children from New York’s disadvantaged communities. That is why she is the recipient of World of Children's 2017 Education Award.
Maureen’s love for reading transformed into a successful career in publishing. But it wasn’t until after retirement—when she read that barely 30% of 3rd - 5th graders in New York City passed New York’s state reading exam—that she discovered her true purpose in life: boost New York’s dismal literacy rates by instilling a lifelong passion for reading in children from academically-vulnerable neighborhoods. Maureen founded The Reading Team, which has grown from teaching 72 students in 2001 to over 800 today.
The program has seen extraordinary results. In 2016, 80% of Reading Team students in Grades 3-5 passed the standardized reading exam. But perhaps the most powerful examples of the Reading Team’s impact come from the voices of the students themselves, who say that they “went from liking books to loving them.”
Maureen’s ultimate goal is to empower every Reading Team student with critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills, unlocking the future for college and beyond.
World of Children will DOUBLE MATCH up to $10,000 of all donations made through this page between September 15 and October 25. That means your $10 donation could become $30, or your $100 could become $300!