Leaders for Literacy
Unacceptable!! That is how Leadership Oakland is responding to national reports that as many as 47% of adults in Detroit are functionally illiterate. Unbelievable! That is how Leadership Oakland is responding to Oakland County’s illiteracy rate of 10%. When we consider the impact these dismal figures suggest for the future health of our businesses and communities, it is beyond comprehension that we will ever emerge a stronger region and state if don’t take action.
For several years, Leadership Oakland has conducted a book drive in honor of Neal Shine to put new children’s books in the homes of underprivileged children. Now we are stepping up our efforts to break this cycle and banish illiteracy. This is not someone else’s problem. The impact belongs to all of us and the solution must belong to all of us. Hoping for the best is not good enough. Do something.
What can you do? Following are a few suggestions with links provided to make it easy for you to get involved today.
2. Collect books for the Leadership Oakland Book Drive. Help kids learn to love books from newborn on. Think about it. If the adults in the house don’t read, why would they provide kids with this precious gift? It seems like a no-brainer to those of us who can read, yet anything printed is a threat to non-readers. Our partnership with Oakland Schools will ensure they are distributed to those in most need.
3. Volunteer to tutor kids in need of reading help. Let’s do what we can to get kids up to grade level. Call your local school district to and ask how you can get involved.
5. Call your local library and ask how you can help. Libraries are looking for everything from people to read stories to book donations and a host of other opportunities.