Read to be Ready Business Pledge

Currently only 43 percent of students are reading on grade level by the time they leave third grade, and the goal of Read to be Ready is to increase this percentage to 75 percent by 2025. We cannot reach this ambitious target without the help of all education stakeholders. We are asking businesses to take the Ready to be Ready Business Pledge, which asks them to commit to completing at least two literacy-themed challenges each year. Already involved in this effort? Formally take the pledge to help us discover all of the ways our business community is contributing to improving literacy in TN.
 

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Resources for Businesses who take the Read to be Ready Business Pledge

Informing your Employees
Just letting your employees know about the literacy challenge, and all of the work that everyone is doing to combat it, is a huge step in the right direction. Below are some materials to help you spread the word.

Email Template
What is Read to be Ready?
The Five Chapters of Read to be Ready
2016 Read to be Ready Summer Grant Outcomes
Getting Involved with Community
The United Way is located in 37 communities across Tennessee, and one great way to get connected with students is to participate in their Raise Your Hand program. To find out more about how you can get involved with tutoring, mentoring, and reading to students in your neighborhood, visit their website. Don't have a United Way in your area? Contact your local elementary school, community center, or church to find out how you can plug in.
Champion a Local Reading Event
We all want to show children the joy of reading, and communities have approached this in multiple ways. Come back soon because we are going to continue to share exciting, creative approaches to integrating more literacy into the community! What to share yours? Take the pledge!
Fentress County: Fentress County students had a safe and fun place to read during last summer. On Tuesdays, the local McDonald's sponsored a Literacy Night. They provided Happy Meals to the first 50 children who attended, and community leaders volunteered to come read to them. Each student left each Literacy Night with a full stomach and new book!