Madison Reading Project looking for volunteers, donations to reach 2017 goal

Madison Reading Project looking for volunteers, donations to reach 2017 goal

A reading program helping to increase Dane County’s literacy rates and encouraging a love of reading has been busy this year. Madison Reading Project has donated close to 22,000 books and hosted more than 60 literacy-based events.

“Literacy is a life skill and book ownership is something all children deserve and need,” Rowan Childs, Executive Director of Madison Reading Project, said.

To thank all of the volunteers, partners and donors the organization is hosting its annual Thankful event on Tuesday. While they’re celebrating all they’ve accomplished this year, Childs said there’s still more work to be done to improve Dane County literacy rates.

Childs founded Madison Reading Project in 2013 in response to the alarming statistics brought to light in the 2013 Race to Equity Report. She said the nonprofit is dedicated to addressing low literacy rates among vulnerable children. She said two-thirds of children who live in poverty do not own books.

Childs pointed to an October 2017 Annie E Casey Foundation report, showing white children are four times more likely to be proficient in reading in fourth grade than African American children, as the reason to work harder.

For more information on the program, visit Madison Reading Project’s website or email Volunteer@madisonreadingproject.com to help out or donate books.

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