Each June, communities across the United States come together to address the issues that matter most to them. This Day of Action is an invitation for people to LIVE UNITED.
On our Day of Action, we invite Rhode Islanders to join us as we sort, label, and package the books collected during our annual Children’s Book Drive.
Here’s why our Day of Action focuses on childhood literacy:
- 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.
- Only 37% of R.I.’s third graders meet expectations in reading skills (2015 PARCC, RI Kids Count). For students from low-income households, only 21% of third graders meet expectations.
- Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no book at home. Access to print materials improves children’s reading performance, and produces improvement in their attitudes toward reading and learning.