Sunday, September 9, 2012

TCF National Family Literacy Week Read-A-Thon


Yep, I just signed up for another read-a-thon! I'm setting my goal a little lower than last time, but it should be a lot of fun!

Come join us at the The Challenge Factory group for a Literacy Week Read-a-Thon. We hope you will invite your friends and family to join us and help us promote literacy.

Many of the ills plaguing the USA, for example, are directly related to illiteracy.
  • Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.
  • One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
  • 43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
  • 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
  • 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts
  • 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts.
  • Low literary costs $73 million per year in terms of direct health care costs. A recent study by Pfizer put the cost much higher.


Dates: September 10-16, 2012
My Goal: 1000 pages

Books to Read
The Key on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson (160 pages remaining)

A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus (382 pages)

Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley (304 pages)

A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray (320 pages)

Updates
I'll post daily updates on the blog.

I'll also post updates on Twitter (@iblog4books) and progress on Goodreads.

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