Literacy Matters

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Join Munro Richardson, Helen Kimbrough and MeckMin for a discussion on the importance of literacy. "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope," Kofi Annan once said. "It is a tool for daily life in modern society."

Richardson is executive director of Read Charlotte, a community initiative that brings families, educators and community partners together to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade. Their goal is to double reading proficiency from 39 percent to 80 percent. That's important because research shows that reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. In fact, according to Boyer, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, "There is almost a 90 percent probability that a child will remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of first grade."

Being proficient readers not only lay the foundation for at-risk children's academic success, it helps them overcome the challenges they face in everyday life. It builds confidence, improves decision making skills, and transform their lives in myriad ways. Nelson Mandela was right: "Education is he most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Munro Richardson joined Read Charlotte as Executive Director in April 2015. Munro comes to Charlotte from Kansas City, where he was heavily involved in local education efforts for seventeen years. He co-founded a college access program to help hundreds of low-income students be the first in their families to go to college. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, master’s degrees from both Harvard University and Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Helen Hope Kimbrough serves as the Community Engagement and Program Manager for Reading Partners. Helen is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University. She is the president of AK Classics, LLC and the author of four multicultural children's books entitled Ocean Waves and Other Tales, Play Dates and Other Tales, My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey, and her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Start Time
11:45 am
End Time
1:00 pm
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