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October 15, 2015

Shining a light on literacy through Read Across the Globe

Reading Partners is excited to join one of the largest reading events in history, Read Across the Globe! On October 19, Points of Light will lead an international effort to break the Guinness world record for number of kids read to in 24 hours. The event provides an opportunity for organizations around the world to join together and raise awareness about literacy challenges across the globe and take steps toward addressing reading disparities through knowledge and action.

By partnering with organizations like United Way, JumpStart, Reading is Fundamental, and many more, Reading Partners will contribute to the goal of reading to 238,000 children in one day. Reading Partners will host reading events in Washington, DC, and Charleston, SC.

The literacy challenge is significant; one in 10 people worldwide cannot read or write. Without the ability to read, people are limited in their opportunities to become employed and reach their full potential. Reading skills are the foundation for all learning, and lay the groundwork for success in school and in life.

Through Read Across the Globe, we hope to shine a light on the importance of literacy and inspire others to make a sustainable impact in their communities.

Reading Partners is excited to be a part of such a large literacy event and looks forward to raising awareness about the literacy crisis and the opportunities that can be unlocked when children have strong reading skills.

For more information, visit the Read Across the Globe website: https://www.pointsoflight.org/readacrosstheglobe

Read Across the Globe is an initiative led by Points of Light, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Volunteer Houston, and Deloitte. It brings together nonprofits, school systems, libraries, and communities to show the power of volunteerism. All participants around the world will be reading Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, a story about a man who transformed an empty lot into a farm used to feed his community in a sustainable way.

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