Together, we can make a stand for grade-level reading.
Research says if kids are reading at grade level by the start of 4th grade, they are much more likely to succeed in school, graduate on time, and even earn more throughout their lives.
That’s why my wife, Megan, and I are teaming up with United Way and Read by 4th, investing a full quarter of my salary this season toward bringing free books, literacy resources and volunteer mentoring services to families of young readers in Philadelphia and across the nation.
But we all have skin in this game—and we need your help to make sure Philly’s children become strong readers.
First Quarter For Literacy Playbook:
GET IN THE GAME
1st DOWN: Home Libraries
When reading means having more fun with you, children love it. Set up a cozy space for reading together and for growing a library at home. To get started, your neighborhood librarian can help your child find books that match their reading level and interests.
2nd DOWN: School Attendance
When it comes to getting to school on time, every day is game day. That’s because reading is taught first thing in the morning. So, get the clothes and backpack ready the night before. Set a regular wake-up time. And have a backup plan to the backup plan.
3rd DOWN: Reading Moments
Learning is all around us—from reading signs on the way to school and letting your child write the grocery list to spelling out the E-A-G-L-E-S chant. A big win in reading takes making the most of the smallest moments.
With fans like ours, anything is possible.
Right now, two out of three students in Philadelphia are not reading at grade level by the time they start 4th grade. Changing this may seem daunting, but Philly has proven the impossible is no match for us.
We all have a role to play in helping every child in our great city become strong readers and setting them up for a lifetime of success.
Looking to donate books IN PHILADELPHIA? Visit TreeHouse BookS.
Real change takes teamwork.
Thank you to all the players teaming up across the NFL to support early literacy. For every donation made by a player on an opposing team to First Quarter for Literacy, Chris Long will match up to $25,000. The combined funds will be used to provide books for children in need across the country.
Players supporting First Quarter for Literacy:
Beau Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Donation amount: $5,000
Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
Donation amount: $20,000
Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Donation amount: $25,000
BOOKS DONATED SO FAR: 35,000
We’re not stopping here!
Check back to see more players Giving their support.
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Donation amount: $10,000
Connor Barwin, New York Giants
Donation amount: $10,000