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Philadelphians Rally to End Literacy Crisis

Read by 4th held its third annual Mayoral Summit on Tuesday, March 5.

The night was a shimmering success with hundreds of Philadelphians showing up to do their part to end the literacy crisis in our city. The focus of this year’s Summit was Reading Captain celebration and recruitment.

“Every child in this city is our child. Not West Philly’s kids, not Germantown’s kids, not South Philly’s kids. Every single child belongs to me and belongs to you,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, the event’s keynote speaker, as he galvanized the newest cohort of Reading Captains.

Reading Captains are individuals who understand the importance of reading and are committed to helping families raise strong readers. Over 200 Philadelphians answered the call and registered to become Reading Captains!

Dr. William Hite, the Philadelphia School District superintendent, shared great news about school district’s literacy milestones and highlighted the important role regular school attendance plays in improving literacy rates.

“None of the kids can take advantage [of literacy resources] if they don’t attend [school]. We want to make sure that all children attend [school] 95% of the time.”

The night included the launch of the new Reading Captain app!

The new app contains all the information Reading Captains need to become the literacy resource on their block…just one ‘tap‘ away.

About 160 people have downloaded the new Reading Captain app (available in both the App Store and Google Play store).

Free Library of Philadelphia President, Siobhan A. Reardon, and Read by 4th Executive Director, Jenny Bogoni, gave further remarks about the importance of early literacy in Philly along with a progress report about the campaign’s accomplishments.

The Summit inspired Philadelphians to march onward and end the city’s literacy crisis.

There are now 240 Reading Captains working throughout the city to spread the word about literacy!

A special ‘Thank You’ to Congregation Rodeph Shalom for hosting us!