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Ignite Young Minds Through the Power of Reading! Literacy Week 2024 is about sparking imagination, inspiring young minds, and helping our kids build foundational skills for lifelong learning. This week is packed with activities, including school visits from authors and community volunteers who will read aloud to children throughout Delaware.

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February 29 - March 1, 2023

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Ignite Young Minds Through the Power of Reading! Literacy Week 2024 is about sparking imagination, inspiring young minds, and helping our kids build foundational skills for lifelong learning. This week is packed with activities, including school visits from authors and community volunteers who will read aloud to children throughout Delaware.

February 29 - March 1, 2023

See locations below

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Literacy Week 2024

HERE ARE THE FACTS
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According to the Delaware Dept. of Education, only

19%

of Delaware 3rd Graders from families with low incomes are proficient in reading.

The numbers don’t lie. Right now, young people across the state are struggling in school. A big reason for this is low reading proficiency. If children struggle to read, then they are likely struggling to learn. And if we don’t help them become better at reading, the research shows fewer of them will graduate from high school.

Literacy Week 2024 highlights our commitment to informing the community about the need for increased support and advocacy for our children. This event celebrates reading aloud, sharing stories, and promoting literacy and diversity in literature. The week is filled with engaging activities, such as author visits and volunteer-led reading sessions, resonating with the spirit of World Read Aloud Day and Read Across America. Keep an eye out for our comprehensive schedule of events, which includes author appearances, storytelling sessions, and unique activities designed for schools participating in the program.

If you’d like to volunteer for a future read-aloud event, please click here to contact our early education team.

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Promote Literacy

Reading is a gateway to opportunity but reading proficiency among young learners in Delaware is not where it needs to be. We are working to change this.

Increase Book Ownership

Research shows that children who have their own books are more likely to read outside of school, enjoy reading, and do better in school.

Introduce Local Authors

Delaware is home to dozens of authors who write for young learners, especially. Some of these authors will share their books with students between February 29 – March 2, 2024.

Create Read Aloud Opportunities

Reading aloud helps students improve information processing, vocabulary, and comprehension. It’s also a great tool that’s used to help motivate kids to read.

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Starting February 29th, local authors, community leaders, and law enforcement officers will visit Delaware schools for United Way of Delaware Literacy Week. Here’s the list of elementary schools and volunteers that will be participating throughout the state.

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Harland Elementary Christiana Care
21st Century - Christina School District (1)
Harlan Bedtime Stories (1)
Stubbs Elementary School (1)
Forest Oak Elementary
Joseph E. Johnson Elementary (1)
Harlan Elementary Wilmington Police
Thomas Edison Charter (1)

Watch the Replay

World Read Aloud Day 2023

Here’s your chance to watch the Delaware BlueCoats‘ Ahmad and mascot Coaty as they read “Wonder Woman” to 1st Graders at Wilmington Manor Elementary School. As you’ll see the kids had a wonderful time. We are so grateful for all our volunteers!

Wilmington Manor Elementary School

New Castle, Delaware

Colonial School District

We never work alone because nothing gets done when you work by yourself. We work alongside generous community members, corporations, and other non-profits to help our young people become great readers and life-long lovers of learning.

 

Will you join us so we can help more kids?

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