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Reach Out Read - Compelling Need

In our county, too many young children (51%) are not ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten, and therefore, too many (52%) of our elementary school children are not reading well when they reach fourth grade. Children who are not reading well when they enter fourth grade are at high risk to drop out of school and experience the bad outcomes we hear about every day in this community (juvenile crime, irresponsible pregnancy, poverty, substance abuse, mental health disorders).

If we are to imrpove the outcomes of our youth and the quality of our work force, we must start very early. ROR is the initial stepping stone in closing the "Achievement Gap" in learning

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