Every child begins with exciting dreams. Yet, significant educational and economic inequities often hinder these aspirations. Lack of access to books and not reading at grade level are major reasons why dreams slip away from children. In fact, over 1/2 of all San Diego County children aren’t reading at grade level by the time they enter fourth grade.
Why is the 3rd-grade marker so important? Children not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school! This is largely because foundational reading comprehension is crucial for building more advanced educational concepts.
Our Read Across America Book Drive strives to break down these barriers by enhancing children’s access to age-appropriate, high-quality books to build literacy skills. By contributing, you can help keep children’s dreams alive, ensuring they are successful in school and beyond!