The CAPCommunity Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 Charity of Choice: Read and Feed.
When children can’t read, they sit at their desks disengaged with classwork and have a low self-esteem, which impacts their social and scholastic development. If a child can’t read, they may become embarrassed easily and act out in anger or defiance.
The numbers are staggering: seventy-four percent of children who are not reading on grade level at the end of third grade will never catch up to graduate with their class.
The domino effect impacts the entire community: high school failure costs taxpayers between $320 and $350 billion a year in lost wages, taxable income, health care, welfare and incarceration costs, among others.
Check out this article by Jim Goodnight focusing on the need for reading programs in North Carolina.
Read and Feed is changing this paradigm, one book at a time. Their concept is to combine a mobile classroom, a child friendly atmosphere, books, a warm meal, and volunteers who tutor children.
“We work with at-risk, low-income children who are identified through our partner schools,” explained Kati Mullan, Read and Feed’s executive director. Many children are more than one reading level behind their peers. Offering an afterschool literacy program in a fleet of three mobile locations, many volunteers support children not only by reading, but through mentorship, as they catch up or maintain their reading level.
Kati adds, “We begin every session with a meal, which is a time for socializing and unity. Children come together and share about their day, and this cultivates a relationship with their mentor. For children who come from families that are experiencing economic hardships, this may be the only meal they have that day.”
Read and Feed’s impact: an 88% increase in improved reading attitude or confidence.
The CAPCommunity Foundation is excited to be partnering with Read and Feed throughout the year. We will be hosting volunteer opportunities, ways to increase much-needed funding, and feature a community event this fall.