Every child deserves the chance to succeed in school and in life, and one of the first and most important milestones is their ability to read at grade level by the third grade. Building early literacy isn’t as hard as we think; it comes from things we can do every day, everywhere, like reading, talking, telling stories, singing and playing with children. And it can be done in any language.
Oregon’s stORytime builds awareness and shared responsibility for ensuring that every child in Oregon is a good reader by the third grade. stORytime shares easy ways that every parent and caregiver can get children ready to read through books, stories, songs and play – every day, everywhere.
You can help! One of the greatest ways to make sure children are reading by third grade is make sure they have books. It’s simple, for just $2.50 a book or four books for $10 you can send a book to a child at SW Charter School OR decide to send a book(s) to a child that needs it most. 100% of donations will be used to purchase books for students at the elementary school that you select through a partnership with the Oregon PTA and the stORytime initiative.
And, the best part? Between now and December 31st Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will be match the first 20,000 books donated, for a total of $50,000. So go ahead, help twice as many kids. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s secure. Donated books will be delivered to schools in early 2015.
Join Umpqua by donating at umpquabank.com. Select Multnomah: Southwest Charter School from the online form to make your donation.