Literacy changes, enriches, and transforms lives. The Literary Society's mission of promoting literacy philanthropy in Arizona goes beyond providing a child with a book; our funding supports programs where children and adults engage with the written word, authors, and other readers in everyday life.
Children who are not reading proficiently by fourth grade dramatically limit their education options, employment, and income potential, are at high risk for poverty and continue the cycle of illiteracy. Only 4 in 10 Arizona students are reading at grade level, less than half of all third-graders passed the 2021-2022 standardized AzMERIT reading test, with just 41% of 3rd grade students taking the test passing the English Language Arts portion.
We are inspired and hopeful we can expand our impact on community literacy. We have introduced the Literacy Grant Challenge to double our literacy grants this fiscal year from $25,000 to $50,000. Between November 1st and December 31st, all donations, unless otherwise directed, will be allocated to our Literacy Grant Challenge. If every member contributes even $50, we will meet our goal.
Every gift, no matter the amount, is valued and appreciated. Through the Challenge, every member’s personal enrichment from reading and connection extends to enriching others.
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