The campaign “If you give a book to a child …” highlights the pleasure of reading

GREAT FALLS – Studies show that the ability to read can help lift children out of poverty. That’s why KRTV and the Scripps-Howard Foundation are committed to increasing literacy among children in need.

The campaign “If you give a book to a child …” highlights the pleasure of reading

During the month of September, we are asking the community to donate to our second annual “If you give a book to a child…” campaign.

This year, we are raising funds to purchase books for Sunnyside Elementary School in Great Falls, a Title 1 school, where more than half of the students live in low-income households with little or no regular access to education. books.

The money raised this year will be used to purchase books for Sunnyside students to take home. Educators see it as an invaluable tool for promoting lifelong learning and success.

“They have something to read at home. They have something they can read to their parents. They can read these books to their younger siblings, ”said Kath Allen, Sunnyside Librarian. If it’s a book that they really liked, they’ll read it over and over again, and the more they develop their reading skills, the better they read and the more successful they will be in school all the way. up to high school. “

A child who cannot read at school in grade three is four times less likely to graduate from high school. That same child is 13 times less likely to graduate if they live in poverty.

“Some of our kids come home and take care of their little sister or their little brother, and maybe they don’t know what they’re doing, it’s really consolidating what they’ve learned. at school by reading to their little brother at home, “said Megan Schaak, Sunnyside third grade teacher. “But it is. And the more we can support that, the more success we will see in the classroom.”

KRTV and the Scripps Howard Foundation believe that if you give a book to a child, you are giving a child a chance. Each $ 5 donation pays for a book a student can take home, keep, and call their own.

If you want to donate, you can visit KRTV.com/giveabook now, or you can text KRTV at 345345.

Last year’s campaign benefited West Primary School, and through generous community donations and a matching donation from the Scripps Howard Foundation, raised over $ 11,000 for the purchase of five books per student at West.

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