rtcimg009v2Cardinals Charities has honored Kids Need to Read (KNTR) with a $2,500 grant award to be used toward the READ Together program. Funds dedicated toward READ Together are used to implement the program in poorly funded schools located in low socioeconomic areas of the United States. KNTR chooses participating schools from applicants who demonstrate they are actively seeking methods and resources to assist in increasing low literacy levels among their student population. The Cardinals Charities contribution will assist in funding the fulfillment of READ Together in ten Arizona schools, providing participating classrooms with the resources necessary to continue the program year after year.

Children who are routinely read to day in and day outand immersed in rich talk about books and the various activities in which they are engagedthrive. And those children with less exposure to books face tougher learning challenges in school and beyond. —Scholastic, Early Literacy

READ Together partners with schools and other literacy organizations to encourage adult caregivers to read every day with their children. The program utilizes a wealth of leveled books, educational resources, reading buddies, tips for caregivers on the go, and inspiration, all designed to increase at-home reading activities on a daily basis. Through a consistent, effective approach, young students will develop vital reading skills that will serve them throughout their educational years and beyond.

Since its inception in 1990, Cardinals Charities has distributed more than 6.9 million dollars to hundreds of worthy charitable organizations on behalf of the Arizona Cardinals and the National Football League.

KNTR received a previous Cardinals Charities grant in 2012 for Reading Revolution, a literacy program for middle school students designed to reduce dropout rates among disadvantaged children.

KNTR sincerely thanks Cardinals Charities for supporting READ Together and its foundational focus on increasing reading proficiency levels among kindergarten and first grade students for their future success. Kids Need to Read is looking forward to serving the children who will benefit from the foresight and generosity of Cardinals Charities.

More: READ Together Information and Family Reading Tips

READ Together Contributors

Cardinals Charities
Cox Charities
Eileen Duggan Memorial
Employees Community Fund of Boeing Arizona
Fiesta Bowl Charities
Travis Hanson, Author/Illustrator
Highlights for Children
John F Long Foundation
Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation
Mesa Host Lions Club
Mesa United Way
Kim Oshiro, Author



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