By Brandon Hatler
Eighty percent of fourth graders from low-income families in the U.S. do not read proficiently, a key predictor of a child’s future educational and economic success. To help address this, KPMG is putting more than 100,000 new books into the hands of children in cities across the United States – including the donation of its four millionth book through KPMG’s Family for Literacy (KFFL) program – as part of a “Read to Achieve” initiative being conducted in partnership with non-profit social enterprise First Book.
Beginning in March, more than 100 KPMG offices throughout the United States will celebrate KFFL’s 10-year anniversary by hosting literacy events for children and educators at local schools and community organizations. Large-scale, pop-up book fairs will take place in ten cities that KPMG and First Book strategically identified as benefitting most from a 5,000 book distribution. Other book fairs and distribution events will be held in cities across the country.
“KPMG invests in education and lifelong learning because they are important catalysts for addressing pervasive issues such as poverty and unemployment,” said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG Chairman and CEO. “Literacy is the first critical step for children in our communities to thrive and confidently lead us into the future.”
Research shows that the most significant barrier to childhood literacy is a lack of access to books. For ten years, the KFFL program has provided new books to children in need to tangibly move the needle on an issue that continues to hold millions back.
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KFFL helps eradicate childhood illiteracy by putting new books into the hands of children.
KPMG is launching the KFFL Read To Achieve initiative with First Book to help get new books in