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Reading Their Way Out of Poverty


Literacy Program Fact Sheet

Summer Reading List

Literacy Across the States

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*Program launched in 2012

Success in School: Creating Lifelong Learners

Did you know that only about one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading? By fourth grade, if children can't read at grade level, they're unlikely to ever catch up.

The outcome is even more alarming if the struggling readers happen to be among the 16 million children living in poverty across America, whose only hope at a brighter future is through education. Half of all low-income fourth-graders score below basic levels on literacy assessments. And yet, more than 60% of low-income families can't afford to have books in their homes.

Let the Lifelong Love of Learning Begin

We know that fostering a love of learning early on is key to ensuring our children's success in school and life. That's why we offer effective school-based programs to disadvantaged students right here in the United States. Our literacy program and expanded curriculum in science and math help children from kindergarten through sixth grade stay on track developmentally and grow as readers and learners.

Our Results for Children

Children gain the equivalent of 5 additional months of school from our literacy programs and read an average of 68 books. What’s more, twice the number of children participating in our literacy program read at grade level by the end of the year.







Kids' Corner

Kids really do say the darndest things, about reading. We asked children in our literacy programs why they love a good book:










“I want to be a veterinarian and reading is helping make my dreams come true! I already work at the zoo and reading has helped give me the knowledge I need to do my job well.”

– Dedra, 16, Lobelville, TN (former student in Save the Children’s U.S. school-based program)

“I like to read because there are new adventures all the time. Fiction is my favorite, because you can get inside the adventure.”

–Brandon, 11, Lobelville, TN

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"I love reading because you can learn many things in a book. You can even learn how to build a hamster home!"

–Kori, 7, Point Pleasant, WV

"I love to read because the pictures and stories help me to imagine that I am somewhere else!"

 –Nevaeh, 7, Landers, CA

"Reading lets me travel to awesome places in my imagination. That’s why I like to read."

—Nyla, 9, Foxworth, MS

Learn more about Save the Children’s work in the United States.

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In fiscal year 2012, 89 percent of all expenditures went to program services. That percentage is an average for all Save the Children’s programs worldwide; the percentage spent in any particular program may vary.
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