Kat Libby wrote -
Fact: 60% of underprivileged children do not own a single book.
Fact: Low literacy costs $73 million per year in direct health care costs.
Fact: When the state of Arizona calculates how many prison beds they need, they factor in the number of 4th graders who are behind in their reading skills.
This makes a well-stocked school library a critical resource hub that is a necessity, not a luxury.
Reader To Reader is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the promotion of literacy in under-resourced communities worldwide. Our key interests are improving basic literacy, increasing retention and graduation rates both in high school and in college, fostering a love of reading, and bringing books into the institutions that need them the most.
Our mission is to support communities and individuals who are impoverished, neglected, or disempowered, with special focus on the Navajo Nation, rural areas including Maine and Mississippi, and our local Massachusetts schools.
Please visit our website for more information: www.readertoreader.org. Our blog can be found under "News." THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE BOOK AT A TIME!
ONLINE MENTORING- One-on-one reading with a college mentor gets kids engaged with reading in new and exciting ways.
MANY PATHS- College advising and prep website/mentorship for low-income, minority and/or first-generation students to get them into college and graduated!
ATHENA INTERACTIVE LITERACY PROJECT- Teen moms from Holyoke, MA come to our offices for workshops in spoken word poetry, teaching their kids to read, interactive literacy and healthy cooking.
SPRINGBOARD PROGRAM- Student-designed, student-led literacy projects are supported by Reader to Reader for maximum impact on both student and community. Students are challenged to provide educational resources in innovative, valuable and wanted ways. Community involvement is high, and projects are made sustainable by community empowerment and ownership.