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"If You Give A Child A Book..." campaign donations help encourage reading at Queen Palmer Elementary

Elizabeth Watts reading
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 23:26:16-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — News5 delivered books to students at D11's Queen Palmer Elementary, purchased thanks to donations to the Scripps Howard Foundation "If You Give A Child A Book..." campaign.

We were able to raise $12,000, enough money to give 646 students across the region five books each!

Most recently, News5's Elizabeth Watts had the opportunity to read to 3rd graders at Queen Palmer Elementary. From her home studio, she met virtually with Ms. Hleovas' class to read "Say Something" by Peter H. Reynolds, it's all about inspiring kids to speak up and have their voices heard.

After the reading, the kids came up and "said something" that was on their hearts!

As part of the EW Scripps Company, News5 involvement in the Scripps Howard Foundation "If You Give A Child A Book..." campaign helps school kids right here in Colorado and across the U.S. These efforts are focused on Title 1 schools, those identified as having students of the greatest need.

This campaign focuses on early literacy efforts because literacy rates are directly related to school dropout, unemployment and poverty. Students with books at home correlate to higher reading scores and those who read by third grade are more likely to succeed in school and careers.

In 2020, the Scripps Howard Foundation efforts raised more than $825,000 to purchase more than 165,000 books. Crunching the numbers, these donated books can generate 30,960,000 reading minutes from impacted children.

A significant marker for educational success occurs when most children are only 8-9 years old. How well a child reads at the end of third grade can affect the rest of her education.

  • A child who can’t read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school. If this same child lives in poverty, 13 times less likely to graduate.
  • But 61% of low-income families have zero books at home

Please join us in our mission to empower children in need with the literacy tools they need to be successful in school and in life by donating to the “If You Give a Child a Book … ” campaign.

You can find out more information by clicking here.