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Kiwanis and Scholastic partner to create an oasis of reading and learning

Jan 04, 2013

Kiwanian reading to a student
In many areas, there’s a literacy crisis among children. The good news: Kiwanians have a powerful partner in the fight. 

Last year, more than 1.3 million students in America dropped out of school. That’s 7,222 kids every school day. It doesn’t take long to identify future trouble: The Annie E. Casey Foundation found that one in six third-graders who are not reading proficiently do not graduate from high school on time.

Scholastic Book Fairs has joined forces with Kiwanis International to help. Local partnerships between Kiwanis clubs and Scholastic will work with school principals, providing at-risk students with access to books and a safe environment to read with their families.

It makes perfect sense for Kiwanis and Scholastic to team up. After all, serving children is what Kiwanians do. And Scholastic is the worldwide leader in children’s publishing. Scholastic Book Fairs hosts more than 125,000 Book Fairs every year, connecting more than 30 million children in low-income areas with books they want to read and make part of their home libraries.

Some lower-income schools can’t participate—usually due to a lack of financial support and parent volunteers. That’s where you come in.

Kiwanis and Scholastic will open 10 Community Reading Oases this school year. In fact, the Deerfield Beach, Florida, Kiwanis Club will open the very first Kiwanis Community Reading Oasis in Deerfield Park Elementary School.

And there’s still an opportunity to create of the first 10 Reading Oases! Find out more about the program—and your club’s opportunity. Email Dillon Kalkhurst at Scholastic or call him at 407-869-7760.

And if you’re looking for just a little more inspiration? Watch this great video about the Community Reading Oasis.

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