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Why Reading?

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. ”

– Frederick Douglass

The ability to read is a powerful tool, and Reading In Motion exists to equip children who may otherwise be overlooked with this advantage.

Every year we work with thousands of children at the very start of their formal education. Each of these young students steps into their first days of school filled with anticipation around an entirely new experience. For so many students, this is the beginning of a pathway of possibilities. For many others, those possibilities have already been diminished by factors out of their control and beyond their awareness. Inequities in our education system have determined the quality of a student’s education and greatly influenced their future before they even have the chance to meet their classmates.

In the U.S., where every child has access to a free public education, more than 30 million adults can’t read at a functional level. Among school-aged children, illiteracy is now a national crisis.1 In the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) 2017 Nation’s Report Card, it was exposed that only 37% of all fourth grade students in the U.S. were proficient readers and, in our home-base of Chicago, that number was just 27%.

students in an early childhood reading program | Reading in Motion
children using music and play for reading instruction | Reading in Motion

The academic future for those who haven’t gained appropriate reading skills is dim: NAEP scores at fourth grade are publicly reported predictors of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.

To add another layer, the discrepancy between the literate and illiterate is both racial and socioeconomic.

NAEP reported 47% of White fourth graders were proficient readers, with Black and Hispanic students testing far behind them at 20% and 23%, respectively. The difference is more pronounced when looking at income level alone, with only 22% of students from low-income households testing as proficient in reading, compared to 52% of students from more affluent households.2

Investing in every student’s reading ability can counteract this injustice, opening the door to a lifetime of choice and revealing a student’s potential to achieve any number of aspirations. In the best of circumstances, becoming a confident reader gives a child unending access to knowledge, avenues to explore the world, and the means to envision and strive for opportunities beyond their lived experience. Pragmatically, reading well early on has proven to mitigate a number of unnecessary life struggles–dramatically decreasing the likelihood that someone will live in poverty, drop out of highschool, be incarcerated, unemployed, and even succumb to substance abuse as an adult.

two children explore a giant book in an early childhood literacy program | Reading in Motion

Our Mission

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.

With this charge, we have partnered with hundreds of schools to deliver our highly effective reading improvement program to over 50,000 students in under-resourced communities. By focusing on building foundational reading skills in pre-kindergarten through first graders, we’ve achieved outstanding results for our students that will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. 


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📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

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Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs
#chicagocubs

#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌

HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs
#chicagocubs

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters--for our city's students, and its team!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters–for our city's students, and its team!

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The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

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📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

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We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

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📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

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