Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Support the Pratt Library's Summer Reading Program for Kids!!!

Support the education of the children of Baltimore by sponsoring a child for the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Summer Reading Program.

As a member of the Pratt Contemporaries (you should join too), I'm encouraging you all to help the Pratt Contemporaries reach our goal of sponsoring 200 children for this summer. Sponsoring a child for the summer costs $60/child but you can make a contribution of less than $60 by visiting the sponsorship form, selecting "0" from the "No. of children you support" pull-down, and adding whatever amount you'd like to donate in the field next to "I would like to make an additional donation to the Summer Programs at Pratt."

"Last year more than 38,000 children and teens participated in Pratt's summer programs, with more than 16,000 children enrolled in the incentive-based Summer Reading Program, reading over 220,000 books! We know that children may experience a loss of academic skills in July and August, often referred to as "summer slide." This loss is nearly impossible to make up, compounds over time, and particularly impacts children in underserved communities.... Please sponsor one or more children and help reduce summer slide!" - Enoch Pratt Library website

Translation: There were a ton of kids that benefited from this program last year and it would not happen without the help of generous people like you that want to see the children of Baltimore City (and probably every other city) succeed. Help a child keep his/her reading skills improving throughout the summer by sponsoring a child or donating to this program. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the doom of a summer filled with kids running the streets like raging maniacs fueled by sugar, soda, and anger over no E.B. White, Beatrix Potter, or Ruth Krauss books to read. You wouldn't want THAT, now would you?

I know, enough said.

To sponsor a child, click here.

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