The March to 20Hundred Thousand Books
A Children's March for Literacy
Join us on this fun family march as we take to the streets to shed light on the epidemic of illiteracy and its proximal side effects on our society. Let's empower children to reclaim their narratives, tell their own stories and get excited about reading.
Join the March
Dress up as your favorite character from your favorite book.
Join us on January 19th!
January 19, 2019
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Why We March
Children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to dropout of school.**
2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.***
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.****
68 percent of Atlanta Public School students cannot read at grade level in 3rd Grade.
Some Prisons forecast jail cells based on 3rd Grade illiteracy rates.
Studies show that when kids have 500 books or more in their homes, their education is boosted 3.2 years on average.*
*Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations
** Donald Hernandez, Double Jeopardy
*** One World Literacy Foundation
**** US Department of Education