Here's another fast way to help change the world. Click to Give at The Literacy Site everyday to help raise funds for books for low income children. According to the site:
Within the U.S., access to books is essential to reading development: the only variable that directly correlates with reading scores is the number of books in the home. However, most recent data describes a profound, even shocking gap: while the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book to 300 children.* In addition, over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books. Together, The Literacy Site and its domestic partner, First Book, provide children from low-income families in the U.S. with books they can take home and keep.
*Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.
Another statistic I found interesting is that only an average of 80,000 people a day click on the site! Wow. I find that to be a very small number, although I admit, I don't click everyday. Reading is not only a door to other worlds, it's a door that leads to a different life. People who can read can do things in their lives they never thought to do, especially in countries with high illiteracy rates.
Now through March 15th, the site is doing a special 'fund raiser.' The value of your click will be doubled by Pi Beta Phi and the site hopes to raise enough money to purchase 35,000 books for low income children. With only ten days to go, they are FAR below this goal. Click to Give the gift a reading. It's that simple.
Click to Give at The Literacy Site.