According to the Scripps Howard Foundation, "A child who cannot read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school." If this same child lives in poverty, he/she is 13 times less likely to graduate.
Childhood literacy is essential and affects the lives of children and the future of our communities. Along with the Scripps Howard Foundation, 2 Works For You will be supporting the Tulsa community by partnering with low-income schools and local nonprofit groups that work directly with children and families to present new books through the "Big Book Giveaway."
Why do we give books to children living in poverty?
Children living in poverty begin their lives with a host of disadvantages, among them: poor literacy skills. Studies show children who grow up with books in the home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who do not. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.
What is the "If You Give A Child A Book" program?
The "If You Give A Child A Book" program began in 2017 by the Scripps Howard Foundation, and they have distributed more than 180,000 new books to children in need across the nation on National Reading Day as part of its annual "If You Give A Child A Book" campaign.
What school did we select as this year's recipient?
Each Scripps market selects low-income schools and nonprofits in their communities to distribute the books to ensure they go to children who need them most. This year 2 Works for You has chosen McAuliffe Elementary School in Tulsa.
Please join us in our mission to empower children in need with the literacy tools they need to be successful in school and in life.
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