2016-2017 Readathon Toolkit

The First Annual Curie High School/Reach Out and Read Illinois Readathon was held May 31 to June 3, 2016.   Curie High School is located in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. Over 400 freshman English students and other Chicago Curie students earned service hours by reading for 50 minutes each day. Family and friends donated money for each minute students read. Proceeds will be split evenly between the Curie High School Media Center/Library and Reach Out and Read Illinois (ROR-IL).

ROR-IL will use the proceeds to buy books for its sites located in disadvantaged areas across Illinois. The books will be given to patient families along with advice about reading to and talking with children between the ages of  6 months to 5 years old. As part of the partnership, Curie students created projects about early literacy and listened to Dr. Mariana Glusman, pediatrician with Lurie Children’s Hospital, talk about brain development in early childhood and the importance of reading with young children.

Through this unique partnership we hope to not only benefit ROR IL and Curie High School, but also a future generation of young parents and their infants. Plans for next year’s Curie Readathon, as well as a replication of this model at other high schools, are already under way.

Click here to receive a free 2016-2017 Reach out and Readathon toolkit.



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