Let’s look at the numbers:
- Only 35% of Alabama’s third graders are reading at grade level
- 85% of Birmingham City third graders are reading below grade level
- More than 17% of Alabama’s families live below poverty level
- Children living in poverty and reading below grade level are 13 times less likely to graduate from high school.
To help empower children, reduce illiteracy, and improve our community… PBLM is proud to once again support Better Basics and Birmingham Reads this tax season. Here’s how you can help:
- Drop off new or gently used children’s books in the PBLM lobby. These books will go to children in low income communities throughout Birmingham. Books are a luxury that most low income families can’t afford- Birmingham Reads helps ensure that all children in Birmingham City elementary schools have quality books in their homes. The deadline for book donations is Tuesday, April 18th.***Best books to donate: chapter books, early reader picture books, intermediate series books, biographies, science-related books, how-to-books, cook books, and sports-related books. Some of the children’s favorite series include: Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Goose Bumps, Cam Jansen, Nate the Great, Captain Underpants, and Geronimo Stilton.
- Make a financial contribution via the VIRTUAL Book Drive Option. Simply visit scholastic.com/betterbasics Donations made will allow Better Basics Program Directors to purchase exactly the right books needed to implement literacy programs at heavily discounted rates .
- Volunteer to read on Birmingham Reads Day- which will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1pm. This city wide event has volunteers reading to 624 classrooms in the Birmingham city school system…. Pre-k through 5th grade…. All on the dame day at the same time. Each volunteer reads a designated book to their assigned class, then after reading the book, each child in the class gets a copy of the book to take home. If you would like to be a volunteer reader- contact Kaltheen Drake, Director of Volunteers with Better Basics – firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-944-2928.
For more information about Birmingham Reads 2017 visit http://betterbasics.org/programs/birmingham-reads/