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Help Reading is Fundamental and win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card

#BookSmartSummer

Reading is Fundamental is having a #BookSmartSummer this year! There are lots of ways to support this AMAZING organization and get goodies from Macy’s in return!

Here are all the details from RIF:

When you’re hanging in a hammock or stretched out on the beach, the experience isn’t about what book you’re reading, but where it takes you.

For many of the kids we serve, a story will be the only way they travel this summer. That’s why we need you to help us start children on new journeys nationwide by joining our Be Book Smart campaign.

Spread the word. When you share a photo of your #BookSmartSummer,you’ll be entered to win a $500 Macy’s gift card.

Be Book Smart this summer and help us ignite the joy of reading in kids across the country.

This organization is so important to me, as literacy often starts in the home, and so many children do not have what we took for granted – parents who read to them, books around the house, any kind of encouragement to get kids excited about reading again. As of 2003, Forty-three percent of adults read at or below the “Basic” level. Think how many of those adults were raising children. Think about where those kids are now; many of them are adults.

I never realized this until I taught a 14-year-old how to read in 2009. He was below a second-grade level, never had books around the house and looked at reading as a chore. These kids didn’t choose to grow up in these environments; they deserve a chance.

Here are some more facts about children and literacy from RIF:

  • Thirty-three percent of 4th grade public school students are at or below the “Basic” level on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading tests. Twenty-six percent of 8th grade public school students performed at or below the “Basic” level on the NAEP reading test (NCES, 2009).

  • Among 4th graders, 53 percent of African American students, 52 percent of Hispanic students, and 48 percent of American Indian students scored below the “Basic” level on the NAEP reading test. Among 8th graders, 44 percent of African American students, 41 percent of Hispanic students, and 37 percent of American Indian students scored below the “Basic” level on the NAEP reading test (NCES, 2009).

  • Forty-nine percent of 4th graders eligible for free and reduced-price meals finished below “Basic” on the NAEP reading test. Forty percent of 8th graders eligible for free and reduced-price meals scored below “Basic” on the NAEP reading test (NCES, 2009).

  • The number of high school seniors who read at or above “Proficient” has been declining since 1992, according to the NAEP reading test (NCES, 2002).

I really hope you will join Reading is Fundamental in this campaign. You’ll get a book to a child, and you can get a little something in return. The least of which is a discount at Macy’s.

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