Welcome to the PHILADELPHIA READS website! 

An initiative of the mayor's office on education, PHILADELPHIA READS is a non-profit organization in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia and The School District of Philadelphia. We envision a city where our children are equipped to independently read on grade level by the end of their third grade year. Currently, about 33% of America's fourth graders are reading at or below the "basic" proficiency level. Literacy research reports that if children are unable to read on grade level by the end of their third grade year, their chances for later academic success are greatly diminished, guaranteeing their likelihood to become school-dropouts. Even more startling is the fact that roughly 85% of juveniles in the court system are illiterate. It is evident that we need change, now! 

Now is the time to get involved and make a difference. Together, we can make a difference. Join us in our mission and help to "raise a city of readers."   

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"The whole world opened to me when I learned how to read."
        - Mary McLeod Bethune

PHILADELPHIA READS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, no. 39122. If you are a resident of the United States, your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our registered business address is 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 903, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

 2007 Recipient of the President's "Coming Up Taller" Award
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