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The Idea of Reading by 9
No skill is more important to the future of a child, than literacy.
In Southern California, 60% of third-graders cannot read at grade level. Research shows that children who fail to read by the age of nine rarely catch up later. In many cases, these children may never be able to realize their full potential or contribute and participate fully in our society.
Nine years ago, the LATimes launched Reading by 9 in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Reading by 9 is a multi-year campaign aimed at helping kindergarten through third-grade students read at grade level by the age of nine. In the 181 school districts, with 2000 public elementary schools, 90 languages are spoken. In the five county regions, over 50% of the more than 2 million kindergartens through third-grade students are below reading level. Southern California students rank among the lowest in the nation in reading skills.
The Reading by 9 vision is that 95% of all children in Southern California will read in English at grade level by age nine. The LA Times partners with The Rotary Club and business, civic, education, government, media and philanthropic organizations to support child literacy initiatives. You may make a donation to the Buena Park Reading by 9 project by sending checks made out to the Rotary Club of Buena Park., (with a notation for reading by 9) at PO Box 5278 Buena Park, Ca. 90622-5278.