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Friday, May 30, 2014

Bring Reading Rainbow to the Web!

Today, I bring you a special announcement about a beloved childhood show of mine. Reading Rainbow, which aired from 1983 to 2006, wants to continue the battle against childhood illiteracy and take their programs to the web...and eventually into each classroom, free of charge. Read more about it here.

Take a look...


This show meant so much to me growing up and it was a huge proponent in developing my love for reading. If childhood illiteracy is something you want to battle or even if you just want to support this amazing, wholesome, information and educational show, you can pledge your support.

This fund has already gained a lot of attention, raising over $1 million in a day, but there are 32 days left and lots more to raise! Because every dollar that is raised just means more children will get access to the these amazing programs FOR FREE!

I believe that every child has a right, and a need, to be literate. We have a responsibility to prepare our children… and right now, the numbers show that we, as a society, are failing in that responsibility.
And here’s the problem:

Right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate.

And: numerous studies reveal that children who can't read at grade level by the 4th grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school.
And: as of 2011, America was the only free-market country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous
These problems won't solve themselves. Real change will require us all to work together. We cannot afford to lose generations of children to illiteracy. And if we work together, we don't have to.

-Host LeVar Burton

Read more about this fund and pledge here. This is one of those "worth it" causes, for sure.

But you don't have to take my word for it. :)

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