Denver and New York, May 17, 2018 -- Reaffirming its commitment to promoting literacy and instilling a love of reading in children, McGraw-Hill today announced its support for the Denver Public Library's Read Aloud program for the 2018-2019 school year. McGraw-Hill's donation will enable more than 6,000 children to receive a book through the program to cultivate the love of reading from an early age. The donation will also help to train volunteers who lead Storytime sessions in various libraries and educational centers across the Denver area.
"As a learning science company, we understand just how crucial early literacy is to success in school, college and beyond," said Marty Lange, SVP, Chief Product and Operating Officer for the School Group at McGraw-Hill. "The Denver Public Library's Read Aloud program directly supports our mission of developing not only children's literacy but also a love of books from an early age, and we are proud to support an organization making such a positive impact on the lives of Denver's children."
The Read Aloud program, now in its 30th year, aims to develop pre-reading skills and instill a love of reading and books among preschoolers, as well as promote the use of the Denver Public Library and its branches among families. The program currently reaches 350 classrooms, particularly educationally at-risk and low-income preschoolers, with volunteers and library staff members providing weekly Storytimes to children across various educational centers. Ninety-eight percent of teachers in participating schools have indicated that their students have become more interested in books as a result of participating in the program.
"The Read Aloud Program is an invaluable resource for both students and readers, and contributions from companies like McGraw-Hill help ensure we can continue to make a positive impact moving forward," said Brianna Austin, Read Aloud Program Coordinator. "Teacher surveys and verbal feedback always highlight that students learn from and look forward to the weekly visits from their readers. Those visits increase students' interest in books and strengthen early reading skills, all of which helps young readers develop self-esteem and confidence. It's really beautiful to see the excitement, both from students and volunteer readers, when they see each other and share books every week."
At the end of each semester, each child receives a brand-new book to keep. By donating books to children and supporting the building of mini Read Aloud libraries in participating classrooms, the program aims to continue fostering a love of reading outside of Read Aloud sessions.
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