Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $8,000 to Reading In Motion. The donation will go towards helping 5,375 Chicago-area kindergarten and 1st grade students in public schools that have poor reading scores and a significant population of low-income students, become grade-level readers. This will set them on a path to education success for the rest of their school years.
“Reading in Motion is so grateful to ADM Cares for their generous donation that will be used to support our work focused on achieving better education outcomes for Chicago children. ADM Cares’ corporate philosophy places a special emphasis on children’s education and we look forward to working together to support our shared mission and values.” said Karl Androes, Executive Director and Founder of Reading In Motion.
Reading In Motion’s mission is to get every student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts, especially students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support. To accomplish our mission, we partner with schools and train teachers to deliver an engaging and innovative reading improvement program, Benchmarks. Specialized Reading In Motion Coaches and other services are provided on-site to inspire students to learn and teachers to grow. This past year, 82% of Reading In Motion students reached grade-level reading compared to an average of 61% for all Chicago public school kindergarten and 1st grade students.
The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.