Here at WMAR-2 News, we believe every child deserves to learn and grow through reading.
Children living in poverty begin their lives with a host of disadvantages, among them, poor literacy skills.
A child who can’t read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school. If this same child lives in poverty, they are 13 times less likely to graduate.
That’s why we are joining forces with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation to buy books for kids in Baltimore City Public Schools, specifically, libraries at schools that are already part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project.
Starting on August 1, we are collecting donations for the “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign. The Weinberg Foundation has already said they will match donations up to $20,000, so we need YOUR help reaching that goal.
We have a partnership with Scholastic, so each book only costs $2.50. That means if you spend $10, you will give a kid four books! And with the matching donation from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, you will really be giving eight books!
Books will be distributed to Baltimore schools on National Reading Day, January 23, 2020. So help give the gift of learning and donate by clicking the button below.
The Scripps Howard Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, the parent company of WMAR. Access the Scripps Howard Foundation giving site through the ‘Donate’ button and select ‘Book Campaign’ and ‘WMAR’ and make a donation for books that benefit the local Baltimore community