Literacy is the Cure

Thank you all for an amazing kickoff! 

The Literacy is the Cure kickoff event on October 17th was a huge success. Thank you to all of our speakers, including NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, for joining us in rallying our community around grade-level reading. The event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows, and to all of you who came and showed your support for this important initiative. Download the Community Solutions Action plan below to learn more. Get involved in the initiative by contacting us.

UNR Basketballs players interact with kids before presentationAudience is seated at LITC kickoffAdam Silver speaks at the LITC kickoffAdam Silver speaks at LITC kickoff eventReno Bighorns Dustin Toms speaks about early literacyAdam Silver and Ann Silver speak about reading to childrenReno Bighorns players give Commissioner-signed NBA basketballs to children in attendanceReno Bighorns players give Commissioner-signed NBA basketballs to children in attendanceAdam Silver signs basketballs for children at the LITC event in Reno NV

Photos courtesy of Calvert Photography in Reno, NV.

There is a problem that has plagued society across the globe, and it’s happening right here in Northern Nevada. It can be linked to high school dropouts, unemployment, and incarceration rates, costing us billions in government assistance. We can tackle this problem here at home by addressing one small but impactful problem: teaching our children to read proficiently by the end of third grade. That’s it. That’s the solution.

How does grade-level reading affect our kids?

Two out of three children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade will end up in jail or on welfare. 85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading. And in Nevada, 50% of children are not reading at grade level.

What does this mean for us in Northern Nevada?

A typical high school dropout has the skills to qualify for only 10% of new jobs. As our area continues to grow, we won’t have the right people for the job. If we tackle 3rd grade reading together, that will create real economic impact

Our Goal

By 2020, 3 out of 4 children in northern Nevada will be reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

We will accomplish this by:

  • Helping build families meet their basic needs
  • Sponsoring education and training for parents
  • Promoting early intervention
  • Supporting at-home libraries
  • Supporting reading programs and out-of-school tutoring
  • Promoting school attendance
  • Supporting children in progressing from reading below grade level to reading at grade level 

Community Solutions Action Plan

The Community Solutions Action Plan lays out the strategies and objectives towards improving grade-level reading in Northern Nevada. Click the button to download and read the plan.