Reading is such an essential skill to have to succeed, and yet the rates of illiteracy in our country, our state even, are astounding.
"According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read."
-as reported by The Huffington Post
In a combined effort with Project Cicero, we have happily participated in a book drive benefiting under-resourced New York City school libraries. Many NYC schools lack the funding to maintain a functional library, and in the end it is the students, the next generation of makers, that suffer.
The books collected by Project Cicero come from local public libraries, private schools, or are purchased directly by people at home through Project Cicero's Amazon wish list. To date, Project Cicero has placed 1,800,000 million books into more than 10,000 classrooms and school libraries, reaching an estimated 400,000 children in under-resourced schools in NYC.
To find out more about Project Cicero, please visit: www.projectcicero.org