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Arrrgh Mighty Day

Tuesday November 19th

On Tuesday November 19th we celebrate the release of Penelope the Pirate Princess: The Search for the Magical Moon Pearl, the new book by Empowered Readers 7-year old founder, Selah Thompson! Join the Arrrgh Mighty Day festivities and signup to volunteer to read to a classroom as part of National Family Literacy week. Help us spread the Excitement of Reading by taking children on an immersive literacy adventure that goes beyond the book!


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Empowered Readers is a non-profit dreamed up by a 5-year-old little girl who set out to tackle illiteracy by helping families build strong reading rituals and by getting kids excited about reading.  

”Reading is the gateway skill that makes all

other learning possible."

-Barack Obama

The Dissolution of Hope

Studies show that when kids have 500 books or more in their homes, their education is boosted 3.2 years on average.*

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.****

*Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations

** Donald Hernandez, Double Jeopardy

*** One World Literacy Foundation

**** US Department of Education



Our free after school program for K-3rd grade students at Title 1 schools within the Atlanta Public School District. We gamify reading for kids, engage them in readers’ theatre, and provide them with free books monthly to add to their Project 500 Library at home.


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