Philadelphia Reads is a Non-profit supporting Children’s Literacy in Philadelphia in the Most Extraordinary Ways
The mission of Philadelphia Reads is to strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia's youngest and neediest school children by providing mentors and resources for in-school and out of school programs. We want to ensure that all children read well and independently by grade four in order to then be able to read the subject textbooks in subsequent grades. We want children to develop a life-long love of reading and be prepared to be an active and engaged citizens.
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Philadelphia Reads is an initiative of the Mayor’s office and partners with the Mayor’s Office of Education, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
On the City of Philadelphia website, you can review more information on us: www.phila.gov/philareads.
Dr. Adrienne Jacoby
With over 30 years in education, she has led Philadelphia Reads for five years. She has a B.S. from Temple University in Elementary Education, a M.S. from Beaver College in Elementary Education and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Awards: Philadelphia Reads was one of only 18 recipients of the 2007 Coming Up Taller award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. This award is given annually to exemplary arts and humanities programs for children outside the regular school day. This award is given in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was awarded at the White House by the First Lady.
Philadelphia Reads was the recipient of the Please Touch Museum’s 2006 Great Friend to Kids Education Award.
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At the President’s Summit for America’s Promise in 1997, educators, legislators and other community leaders came together to discuss ways to help build the character and competence of America’s youth.
This summit provided the impetus for the Mayor of Philadelphia to begin Philadelphia Reads.
Philadelphia Reads works in a manner that primarily supports Pre-Kindergarten to grade 3 children, families and schools in the area of children’s literacy. It is imperative that we keep the public aware of the needs of children as they pertain to children’s literacy and to keep in mind the goals and responsibilities of America’s Promise. In the summit declaration, the past and present Presidents of the United States stated that each citizen has an obligation to give something back to the country and community.
Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies support
our Summer Reads program with a super readers party at the game.
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, Dr. Burnley and Congressman Brady joined the 76ers mascot Hip Hop to read to students at Taggert school with us on Dr. Seuss's Birthday/Read Across America day.
Jan 4, 2011
Click on the link to watch our latest video on NBC Philadelphia